Monthly Archives: February 2009

FERC Effort to Override State Transmission Siting Decisions Rejected by Federal Appeals Court

We previously discussed FERC’s assertion of power to override state transmission line siting decisions. See FERC Adopts Electricity Transmission Siting Rules: Says it Can Reverse State Denials, PULP Network, December 16, 2006. The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit rejected FERC’s effort which would have enabled it to preempt state transmission line authority, stating Read more…

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New York Weatherization Funding Bolstered by Federal Stimulus Bill

According to the National Community Action Foundation, New York stands to receive approximately $404.23 Million in additional funding for home weatherization activities under the Recovery Act. Weatherization programs have multiple benefits: reducing home energy costs for lower income New Yorkers, improving the environment, providing good jobs and training, and reducing reliance on foreign oil supplies. Read more…

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Governor Paterson Renominates Two PSC Commissioners

With terms of two seats on the Public Service Commission expiring on February 1st, Governor David Paterson opted on February 9th to renominate the sitting members whose terms expired, Chairman Garry Brown and Commissioner Patricia Acampora, to new six year terms. Brown was appointed a little over a year ago by former Governor Spitzer to Read more…

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PULP Winter Extra Guide to HEAP and Energy Assistance Online

As a reminder to advocates who serve low income energy consumers, PULP’s annual “Winter Extra” for 2008 – 09 is available online. This detailed guide to the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) covers eligibility standards for Regular HEAP and Emergency HEAP. When the HEAP program is closed, or if a household is ineligible for HEAP Read more…

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PSC Opens Another Con Edison Prudence Proceeding to Assess Rate Impact of Alleged Crimes

Recently federal prosecutors announced the arrest of 13 Con Edison employees accused of bribes and kickbacks in connection with Con Edison projects ultimately paid for by customers. Today the PSC issued an order commencing a prudence proceeding to investigate the matter, stating: The conduct described by the ICE agents’ affidavits, unless disproved, has resulted in Read more…

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Submetering Slowed at Roosevelt Island

Temporary Stay of Submetering Conversion at Roosevelt Island and Three Other LocationsAs reported in the New York Times on Monday, a PSC-approved electric submetering project on Roosevelt Island (“Roosevelt Landings,” an apartment complex formerly known as Eastwood) threatens to harm many low income tenants. Some Tenants Face an Unfamiliar Squeeze on Their Pocketbooks: An Electric Read more…

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Unemployment, Utility Terminations Rising

Currently, more than 420,000 New Yorkers are receiving unemployment benefits, up from 175,000 a year ago, which represents a 140 percent increase. New State unemployment claims more than doubled to an average of 25,000 per week in January and February 2009, compared to an average of 12,000 to 13,000 during the previous two years. See Read more…

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PULP Utility Law Manual Update

PULP’s purposes include education of the public about the legal rights of utility consumers, and to establish a resource center on the legal rights of consumers. Over the years PULP has published a desk reference manual for local legal assistance lawyers and other advocates which covers in considerable detail common legal issues faced by utility Read more…

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When Is Lifeline Not Lifeline?

PULP recently learned from a New York City client that he lost his Lifeline low-income discount telephone service when he moved from one apartment to another even though his local phone company and telephone number did not change. This just didn’t seem right. Upon further discussion, we learned that his “Lifeline” service was provided by Read more…

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