Monthly Archives: August 2008

Utilities Must Offer Written, Negotiable Payment Agreements Before Terminating Electric or Natural Gas Service

One of the basic and most important consumer protections in the Home Energy Fair Practices Act (HEFPA) is the opportunity for customers who fall behind in payments to avoid termination of natural gas or electric service by repaying their arrears in affordable installments, along with full payment of their current bills. Section 37 of the Read more…

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Will Governor Paterson Repurpose the Public Service Commission to Protect Consumers?

With the unanticipated resignation of Commissioner Cheryl Buley, Governor Paterson will soon be able to pick a majority of the five-member Public Service Commission. In addition to filling the new vacancy, terms of two commissioners appointed by prior governors will expire soon, in February, 2009. Over the last decade, traditional utilities, power producing utilities, power Read more…

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State Cuts Grants for PULP

The New York Legislature met this week to consider cuts in the previously enacted budget for the year beginning April 1, 2008. PULP and many other programs were cut by 6% in this unusual midyear budget revision, undertaken in response to declining state tax revenues in the current recession. For the last twenty-six years, state Read more…

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FERC, NYISO and PSC Watched While NYISO Gamers Looted Consumers

Today FERC released an Order approving NYISO’s emergency request for approval of rules to limit circuitous scheduling paths for the sale of electricity. It also revealed that it had a “non public investigation” underway since May. No action was taken to protect customers in May by commencing a formal complaint proceeding and setting a refund Read more…

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NYISO Death Star Gaming: LIPA, Con Ed, and Other Utilities Ask FERC to Investigate, Pursue Refunds

LIPA President and CEO Kevin S. Law has filed a letter to FERC Chairman Joseph T. Kelliher supporting the request of Senator Schumer and others for a FERC investigation of the Enron-like congestion gaming of unnamed NYISO market participants that increased rates for wholesale electricity and NYISO charges ultimately collected from retail consumers. Law said Read more…

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PSC Makes ESCO Service Comparisons Difficult

How Can Customers Compare ESCO Prices?With prices of electricity rising, consumers are looking for ways to economize. Recently PULP’s website Help Center received this customer inquiry regarding ESCO service. We are presently served for electricity by Orange & Rockland, and are trying to find an alternate supply company hoping to save some money, but, after Read more…

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NYISO Governance – Director Conflicts

The head of the Port Authority last week resigned his position as a director of the NYISO. As reported by the Daily News: The Port Authority’s executive director is going to have to get by on just $286,702 a year. Chris Ward resigned Monday from a second job at an obscure nonprofit that manages the Read more…

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