Monthly Archives: September 2008

Governor Paterson Vetoes LIPA Rate Regulation Bill

Grasping a fresh pen full of ink, Governor Paterson vetoed 49 separate bills on September 5th. While some of these bills may have had questionable merit in these difficult economic times (such as the creation of an “I Love NY Baseball” program and the appointment of a dog control officer in Salamanca), one veto victim Read more…

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State Utility Assistance is Not a "One-Shot Deal"

State Emergency Utility Assistance for Customers Who Cannot Pay Utility Bills.Last week, PULP received a call from a Con Edison customer living in the Bronx. Her electric service had been terminated the week before for nonpayment of spiking electricity bills. The customer, a multiply disabled recipient of SSI assistance, had no defense to the termination Read more…

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House Bill Would Increase LIHEAP Funds: Will New York Use them to Reform its HEAP Program?

The federal LIHEAP program funnels federal aid to New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). For years LIHEAP appropriations have been in the neighborhood of half the authorized level of $5.1 Billion. At that level the program would provide inflation-adjusted benefits roughly equivalent to the program’s 1981 level. This year, with incomes stagnating and home Read more…

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PSC Rejects PULP’s Recommendations to Improve Niagara Mohawk Gas Interim Energy Efficiency Proposals

At its September 17th Meeting, the PSC approved a Joint Proposal crafted in Niagara Mohawk’s gas case regarding the continuation of energy efficiency programs for the next eight months, pending the outcome of the company’s pending rate case. The $4.89 million initiative was approved in the Commission’s Order despite the concerns raised by PULP’s comments Read more…

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Where Are the PSC’s ESCO Marketing Rules?

Back in January, the PSC began to consider ESCO marketing abuses which were brought to its attention by the state Consumer Protection Board (“CPB”) and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (“DCA”). See ESCO Marketing Practices Subject of New PSC Proceeding, While the PSC Deliberates, Consumers Continue to be Hurt by ESCOs. At Read more…

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PULP Attorney Named to North American National Telephone Numbering Council

PULP Senior Attorney Lou Manuta was recently appointed to the North American Numbering Council (“NANC”) as one of its two consumer advocate representatives. NANC is a 25 member Federal Advisory Committee that advises the Federal Communications Commission on telephone numbering issues and makes recommendations that foster efficient and impartial number administration. To date, the NANC Read more…

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PULP Update on Public Assistance for Energy and Utility Costs

PULP has issued a revised chapter of its Law Manual for New York utility consumer advocates on Public Assistance for Energy and Utility Costs. The new chapter summarizes the Home Energy and Supplemental Home Energy Allowances (HEA and SHEA) and the Fuel for Heating Program for public assistance recipients. It also covers benefits under the Read more…

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