Monthly Archives: December 2008

Submetering Technical Conference Postponed to January

The Public Service Commission Technical Conference on Submetering was postponed from December, and is now scheduled for January 20, 2009 at the PSC’s New York City office. See our prior post, PSC to Hold Technical Conference on Electricity Submetering Issues. At the Technical Conference, the Active Parties will consider the Commission’s proposed amendments to existing Read more…

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PSC Touts "Arrearage Reduction" Proposals Favoring Utilities, Nothing New for Customers

Perhaps in an effort to face reality, the New York State Public Service Commission (“Commission”) launched a new proceeding on December 16th to examine the growing difficulty of electric and natural gas customers being able to pay their utility bills and the resulting unpaid arrearages at the state’s utilities. Unfortunately, the Commission Order commencing the Read more…

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Governor Paterson’s Financial Request to Obama Administration Weak and Vague on Low Income, Energy and Telecom Proposals

In a December 29 Press Release, Governor Paterson announced he had sent a letter to President-elect Barack Obama asking for federal funding of a wide range of state programs and projects. See Governor Paterson Presents Economic Recovery Agenda to President-elect Obama: Joins Governors Asking Federal Government to Provide Direct Aid to States and Critical Funding Read more…

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Pennsylvania Orders Verizon to Offer Discounted Bundles to Lifeline Customers; Where Is New York?

In a decision released on December 18th, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (“PA PUC”) issued an Order requiring Verizon to offer discounted bundles to its Lifeline customers. Until now, Verizon’s tariffs in Pennsylvania prohibited Lifeline customers from subscribing to service packages which include local, toll, and optional services. In New York, by the way, Verizon’s Read more…

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PSC Lets Another One Slip By: Long Distance Provider Changes Hands Without Notifying Commission

According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Yak America purchased the long distance customers of now-bankrupt USA Datanet without ever seeking approval from (or even notifying) the New York State Public Service Commission. In the December 17th article, the paper reports that the Commission only learned of the transaction when a reporter for the Post-Standard contacted them. Read more…

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Governor’s Budget Raises Utility "Assessments," Hurting Low Income Customers, but Gives Break to Cable Telephone Service Providers

Governor Paterson’s proposed budget, released a month early on December 16th, attempts to balance a projected state budget deficit in the state fiscal year beginning April 1, 2009 through a variety of new program initiatives, and “revenue enhancements” (never say “tax”). Among the more controversial, yet very “revenue enhancing,” proposals is to increase utility assessments. Read more…

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In a New York Minute, Governor Paterson Appoints and Senate Confirms James Larocca as New PSC Commissioner

In his last year of office, former Governor Pataki picked three new members of the five member New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) for six year terms, seemingly making it difficult for successive governor(s) to appoint a majority. See Appointments by Pataki Leave a Lasting Stamp. Former Governor Spitzer appointed one commissioner, and only Read more…

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