Monthly Archives: January 2009

Public Interest Coalition Urges Transparency in Selection Process for PSC Commissioners

A growing coalition of 45 non-profit organizations held a press conference at the State Capitol on January 29th, announcing their request to Governor David Paterson that he “Put the Public Back in Public Service Commission,” by making more transparent the nomination and confirmation process for PSC Commissioners. A webcast of the coalition’s press conference was Read more…

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President Obama Names Michael J. Copps as Acting Chairman of the FCC

President Obama named Michael J. Copps, a sitting Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner, to be Acting Chairman on January 23. Commissioner Copps’ statement to agency staff indicates a significant change in direction is coming at the FCC. Fellow Commissioner Robert M. McDowell promptly wrote a letter to the new Acting Chairman indicating his support for Read more…

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Wellinghoff Named Acting FERC Chairman

President Barack Obama has named Jon Wellinghoff Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. See Obama Names an Acting FERC Chief. According to today’s FERC press release: “Acting Chairman Wellinghoff responded that he looks forward to serving the President and the nation in this capacity. I thank President Obama for the opportunity to lead Read more…

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More New PSC Commissioners Coming Soon?

When Commissioners of the PSC are selected, the decisions affect all New Yorkers for years to come. On February 1, 2009, the current terms of New York PSC Chairman Garry Brown and Commissioner Patricia Acampora expire. Under the law, sitting Commissioners continue to serve after their terms expire, subject to replacement at a later time Read more…

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Compare O&R Bills with PULP’s Electric Bill Estimator

PULP’s Electricity Bill Calculator now enables estimation of residential electric bills of Orange & Rockland Utilities, in addition to Con Edison bills. The New York PSC allows these utilities to change their rates monthly. The PSC only publishes its “typical average utility bill” reports twice a year, they do not take into account major rate Read more…

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PSC and NYSERDA Spend Millions for Submetering Projects Violating Residential Tenants’ Rights

Background: The PSC-Imposed System Benefit ChargeIn 1998, implementing its “vision” to restructure New York’s electric utilities, the Public Service Commission eliminated utility-funded demand side management programs and established a new third-party system for delivering energy efficiency measures funded at a reduced level by a “system benefits charge” (SBC). The SBC is an additional amount billed Read more…

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Niagara Mohawk’s "Self-Imposed Moratorium" on Winter and Cold Weather Terminations of Service

On December 5, 2008, at evidentiary hearings in the current Niagara Mohawk natural gas rate case, National Grid witnesses testified that Niagara Mohawk has a “self-imposed winter moratorium for our elderly, blind and disabled customers.” The company relies on its records to check if the customer is “coded” as elderly, blind or disabled. Persons over Read more…

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Obama Team, Citing ‘Major Problems for Consumers’, Calls for Delay in DTV Transition

The Co-Chair of President-Elect Obama’s Transition Team has sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to postpone the date for the nation’s transition from analog to digital television (“DTV”). In the letter , John Podesta wrote: During the Transition, we have discovered major difficulties in the preparation for the February 17 conversion from analog Read more…

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