Monthly Archives: November 2008

Close the Energy Sales Tax Loophole Favoring ESCOs

An Underused Budget Tool – Closing Tax LoopholesThe financial industry crisis is causing major budget distress for New York State because its income tax revenue is so reliant on financial industry jobs and bonuses, which are now in sharp decline. Federal aid is urgently needed by New York and other states to sustain and enhance Read more…

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Pennsylvania Utility Regulator Holds Hearings on Flaws in Wholesale Power Markets

Concerned About Rising Wholesale Electricity Prices, Pennsylvania’s State Utility Regulator Holds HearingsThe Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is holding a series of en banc hearings on the effects of the functionally deregulated wholesale electric power markets. See Wholesale Energy Markets En Banc Hearings. Pennsylvania, along with New York and 13 other states, adopted restructuring schemes Read more…

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Lax PSC Enforcement of Submetering Orders Allows Landlords to Overcharge for Electricity Sold to Tenants and to Circumvent HEFPA Protections

The PSC’s Submetering RegimeToday PULP filed yet another complaint with the Office of Consumer Services of the Public Service Commission (PSC) on behalf of a tenant who must buy electricity from her landlord who was authorized to do so by a PSC submetering order. Ordinarily, only an electric company can sell or provide electricity, but Read more…

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PSC Hears Public Opposition to National Grid’s Proposed 33% Natural Gas Delivery Rate Increase

Final PSC Public Statement Hearing in Schodack December 10As part of its proceeding to examine new rates filed by National Grid which, if approved as filed, would raise the delivery rates for natural gas in its Niagara Mohawk service territory by 33%, the Public Service Commission (PSC) scheduled four public statement hearings, two in Syracuse, Read more…

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Will President Obama Repurpose FERC?

Change is in the windWith the election of a new president comes renewed speculation about leadership change at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in an Obama administration. The president . . . can designate a new chairman, who generally will belong to the party in the White House. But the president must await a Read more…

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