Monthly Archives: October 2008

PSC Votes to Continue Retail Access Programs Promoting ESCO Service

Over the past decade the New York State Public Service Commission caused well over $100 million to be spent to implement and promote its “retail access” regime. The money aids “competitive” ESCO providers of natural gas and electricity through a combination of direct PSC advertising and promotion expenditures and orders directing the distribution utilities to Read more…

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Testimony in National Grid Natural Gas Rate Case Urges Low Income Rates and Reform of Utility Termination Practices

On October 27th, PULP submitted expert testimony from Jerrold Oppenheim in the Public Service Commission proceeding examining National Grid’s request to raise natural gas rates in its Niagara Mohawk service territory. Oppenheim stated that the utility’s proposed increase in the delivery charge would prove devastating to low income gas consumers who already are struggling to Read more…

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PSC Issues ESCO Marketing Order

Background: Long-Awaited ActionOn October 27, 2008 The Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an Order Adopting Amendments to the Uniform Business Practices, Granting in Part Petition on Behalf of Customers and Rejecting National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation’s Tariff Filing in the ESCO (energy service company) marketing proceedings commenced in December 2007 by the City of New Read more…

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State Mum on Use of Additional HEAP Funds

We recently reported that New York will receive approximately $120 million more than last year for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Bush Signs LIHEAP Funding Increase; Public Input Needed on How it Will be Allocated in New York. When the State HEAP plan for 2008-09 was developed, it assumed that the funding level would Read more…

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PSC Halts 315 Area Code Changes For Now, But Denies PULP Petition for More Aggressive Telephone Number Conservation and Reclamation

At its October 15th Agenda Meeting, the PSC decided PULP’s Petition in the 315 Area Code Proceeding. See PULP Asks PSC to Reconsider Refusal to Investigate Alternative to New Area Code in 315. Late last year, the Commission requested public input on how it should resolve the telephone exchange “shortage” in the 315 Numbering Plan Read more…

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PSC Expresses Concern for Utility Welfare

At its October 15 meeting, the Public Service Commission expressed concern that the economic downturn could affect the finances of New York’s utilities. According to the Times Union, Utilities are coping with a rising number of delinquent bills, and the state Public Service Commission said Wednesday it is seeking ways to make sure the delinquencies Read more…

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Auburn Restores Water Service After PULP Files Federal Lawsuit and Seeks Preliminary Injunction for Tenant in Property Subject to Foreclosure

On October 3 we reported that a municipality refused to open a water account for a tenant who used city water in her residence, insisted she pay the landlord’s debt for past water and sewer service, and terminated service on September 30. The landlord stopped paying utility bills and the mortgage, and the property is Read more…

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