Monthly Archives: November 2008

Major Job Losses and Rise in Poverty Rate Forecast

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities issued a report November 24 finding that the recession could push millions into deep poverty: Because this recession is likely to be deep and the government safety net for very poor families who lack jobs has weakened significantly in recent years, increases in deep poverty in this recession Read more…

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PULP Challenges PSC’s ESCO Orders

On October 27th, the Commission released two Orders regarding competition in the electric and natural gas markets. The first Order added marketing standards to the PSC-promulgated Uniform Business Practices (“UBP”) for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) to follow when soliciting new customers and the second Order Determining Future of Retail Access Programs addressed the broader retail Read more…

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Obama Picks Transition Team for DOE, FERC

President-elect Obama has named Dr. Susan Tierney and Rose McKinney-James to his transition team for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is organizationally within DOE. Both appointees, former state utility commissioners of Massachusetts and Nevada, respectively, have a record of supporting electricity industry deregulation, or, as it Read more…

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State Tells Suffolk County to Handle Energy Emergencies

Suffolk CountyIn Wednesday’s post we noted several examples of problems in the administration of the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), SNAFU in OTDA’s Administration of the HEAP Program, including limitation by Suffolk County of the opportunity to apply for HEAP. In response, a state official has told us: we have contacted Suffolk County and have Read more…

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SNAFU in OTDA’s Administration of the HEAP Program

This week, two weeks after opening of the New York State Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), we are hearing of significant administrative problems: Some Suffolk County Department of Social Services service centers put limits on the number of HEAP applications and turn away applicants when the quota is met. People have been lining up for Read more…

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HEAP Eligibility and Benefit Changes Rumored

Efforts may be underway at the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (“OTDA”) to revise significantly the State HEAP Plan and benefits under the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (“LIHEAP”) for winter 2008 – 09. In October, PULP reported that of the $5.1 billion allocated to HEAP nationwide, New York Read more…

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Excelsior! NY Achieves Highest Electric Rates in the Continental United States

Its official. According to the October 28 U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Electric Power Monthly, which provides the official government energy statistics, as of July 2008 New York State’s residential and commercial customers paid the highest electric rates in the continental United States (including Alaska). Residential rates were 19.75 cents/kwh, and commercial rates hit 19.52 Read more…

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Low Income Central Hudson Customers to Receive $1.9 Million Winter Bill Credits

On November 13th, the PSC issued an order approving Central Hudson’s proposal to use $1.9 million in unspent rate plan funds to ease energy burdens of the utility’s low-income customers who receive Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits. The funds originally were committed for Central Hudson’s “Enhanced Powerful Opportunity Program,” (“EPOP”), which was intended to Read more…

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CLECs Lose Certificates to Offer Service for Not Submitting Tariffs, Why Not ESCOs?

Last week, the New York Public Service Commission issued an order which effectively cancelled the Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity for 271 competitive local exchange carriers (“CLECs). Why did the agency take such an action? Somehow, each and every one of these companies failed to file a tariff with the Commission, publicly setting out Read more…

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