Monthly Archives: May 2009

Campaign for Fair Electric Rates Launches Video Explaining Need for Reform of Wholesale Electric Markets

Why do over 50% of Americans pay electricity rates up to 70% higher than others? A short informational video at the Campaign for Fair Electric Rates website explains how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) allows electricity producers and traders make billions in profits, in private self-regulated spot markets that influence retail rates. The purpose Read more…

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State Senate Begins Review of PSC Nominees

The New York State Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications, chaired by Senator Darrel J. Aubertine, is scheduled to begin Senate consideration of the nominations of Patricia L. Acampora and Garry Brown to the New York State Public Service Commission at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, Room 412 LOB. Both nominees, sitting commissioners Read more…

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The Time Is Now – New York Should Begin Requiring VoIP Providers to Support State Universal Service

Back in August 2008, PULP reported on a pending federal court case involving the ability of a state to require interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) providers to contribute to a state Universal Service Fund (“USF”). At issue was whether Nebraska was pre-empted by the FCC from assessing “nomadic” VoIP providers, such as Vonage, for Read more…

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Verizon Wireless Is Latest Provider to Offer Lifeline Discount Telephone Service in NY

Recently, Verizon Wireless began to offer Lifeline discount telephone service to low-income customers in New York. The company joins all of the incumbent local exchange carriers (including Verizon, Frontier/Citizens, and Windstream), several competitive local exchange carriers (such as AT&T), and two wireless providers (Sprint/Nextel and TracFone) as an FCC-approved “Eligible Telecommunications Carrier” (ETC) providing Lifeline Read more…

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Hazel Towers Tenants Ask PSC to Act on Submetering Complaints

The Hazel Towers Tenants Association on May 6, 2009 requested the PSC to halt submetering at Hazel Towers, a former Mitchell Lama project in the Bronx. In 2000, the PSC allowed the owner of Hazel Towers to submeter electricity, normally prohibited by regulations and tariffs, on condition that the owner provide certain tenant protections. These Read more…

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Submetered Yonkers Tenants Show How PSC Order Allowed Landlord to Shift Million Dollar Electric Bill to Low Income Tenants

The Riverview II Tenants Association filed a Reply with the PSC May4 2009 in further support of their request for a stay of submetering. The reply shows how the landlord shifted an annual electric bill of more than one million dollars to low income tenants in the 343 unit former Mitchell Lama housing project. About Read more…

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New York’s HEAP Program Closes May 15

New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program closes May 15. After that date, applications will not be accepted for either Regular HEAP or Emergency HEAP benefits. For more information on the federally funded HEAP program see PULP’s Winter Extra and PULP’s website page on HEAP. With the end of the HEAP season nearing, terminations are on Read more…

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New York Electricity Prices are Fourth Highest in Nation

The latest monthly EIA report shows that New York had the nation’s fourth most expensive electricity prices in January 2009, surpassed only by Hawaii, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Retail electricity prices are likely to decline as the effect of lower natural gas prices takes hold. The NYISO spot market design, however, affects all prices for all Read more…

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