Monthly Archives: March 2009

ESCOs Cost More — A Familiar Experience

We have previously commented on the lack of transparency in the retail energy markets spawned by the PSC effort to deregulate the sale of natural gas and electricity. See PSC Makes ESCO Service Comparisons Difficult – How Can Customers Compare ESCO Prices? A recent guest editorial at the Empire Page illustrates the continuing frustration of Read more…

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Submetering Landlords Clamor for More PSC Deregulation of Electric Service

The PSC is considering new regulations proposed by its Department of Public Service Staff to “streamline” the process for waiving the longstanding prohibition against resale of residential utility service. These orders allow landlords to become, in effect, monopoly providers of utility service to their tenants. PULP and tenants oppose the “streamlining” and have urged the Read more…

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Groups Reply to PSC and Niagara Mohawk Defense of Gas Rate Case Settlement Proposal

In the NYS Public Service Commission proceeding examining National Grid’s request to raise natural gas rates in its Niagara Mohawk service territory, parties filed their responsive statements on March 10th to the February 13th Joint Proposal for settlement of the case. PULP and several community organizations are opposing the Joint Proposal. See Niagara Mohawk Gas Read more…

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President Obama Gets His First FERC Pick to Replace Kelliher

Commissioner Joseph T. Kelliher is resigning from FERC effective today, according to the FERC website. All of the current commissioners were selected by former President George W. Bush. The vacancy created by Kelliher’s resignation gives President Obama his first opportunity to pick a member and possibly a new Chairman to replace Acting Chairman Jon Wellinghoff. Read more…

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Noted Economist Amartya Sen Urges Stimulus Focus on Poor; New York State Poverty Rate Hits 14%

During this national economic crisis, responses to stimulate the economy should have a major emphasis on addressing needs of the poor. As recently observed by Amartya Sen, it is not enough to rely on market results or to use federal economic stimulus money as a general economic “pump priming” Keynesian spending strategy without also addressing Read more…

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Did Court Challenge to Legislatively Unauthorized Greenhouse Gas Allowance Scheme Prompt Governor’s Concession to Power Plant Owners?

Environmental groups reacted with consternation when Governor Paterson indicated that more RGGI greenhouse gas allowances may be distributed by DEC for the benefit of power plant owners who need to buy permits but who cannot pass through the added costs in their pre-existing long term wholesale power contracts. See Paterson Reconsidering Deal on Plant Emissions, Read more…

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Lucky Patcher App to Boost Your Smart Devices!!  

Lucky Patcher is a custom patch application created by ChelpuS. The creation of this app has been a blessing in disguise for many in the technology world. As imaginative it may sound, Lucky Patcher iOS no root will give you an unsurpassed control on your device. The application offers hassle-free tools such as banishing advertisements Read more…

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