Monthly Archives: September 2009

Staff Report Released after State Senate Hearing on Telecom Taxes; Acknowledges Need for Consumer Protections for Telecom Customers

As we reported on August 14th, the New York State Senate’s Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a hearing on August 12th regarding the modernization of the state’s telecommunications tax system. The Staff Report of the hearing was issued on September 24th. Witnesses at the hearing included PULP and representatives from the landline, Read more…

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PULP Updates Telephone Consumer Protection Materials

PULP’s purposes include being a resource center and educating the public about the legal rights of utility consumers. For many years, PULP published a desk reference manual for legal assistance lawyers and other advocates which covered in detail common legal issues faced by low income telephone and energy utility customers. Due to sharp funding cuts Read more…

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Value of ESCO Service Questioned

A news story today suggests that energy cost savings may be available from ESCOs. See Con Edison Solutions offering O&R customers lower rates, Middletown Record, Sept. 22, 2009. A closer look past the headlines , however, indicates that a price lower than current charges for the same service from the traditional utility is promised only Read more…

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Groups Ask Governor Paterson to Support Alternative Plan for Cohoes Falls Hydro Project

Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, Natural Resources Defense Council, Village and Town of Green Island, City of Watervliet, Capital District Regional Planning Commission, Friends of the Falls, New York Bicycling Coalition, and the Public Utility Law Project have written a joint letter to Governor Paterson urging him to lend his support to alternative proposals for the Cohoes Read more…

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Value of ESCO Service Questioned (New York’s Utility Project)

A news story today suggests that energy cost savings may be available from ESCOs. See Con Edison Solutions offering O&R customers lower rates, Middletown Record, Sept. 22, 2009. A closer look past the headlines , however, indicates that a price lower than current charges for the same service from the traditional utility is promised only Read more…

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NYSEG, RG&E File New Rates for Electric and Gas Service Seeking Major Increases; Proposing Improved Low-Income Customer Protections

On September 17, 2009, NYSEG and RG&E filed new rates that, if approved, would significantly increase bills for electricity and natural gas customers. The utilities had not filed new delivery rates for many years. When new rates with major increases are filed, the PSC customarily suspends them, opens a proceeding, conducts evidentiary hearings, and sets Read more…

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PSC Launches Proceeding to Examine Future of Universal Telephone Service

A packed house filled the 19th floor boardroom at the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC”) on September 16, 2009 as Administrative Law Judges Howard Jack and Eleanor Stein kicked off a new proceeding to examine universal service. See PSC to Revisit Telecom Universal Service Policies. Everyone was there – PULP, Verizon, AT&T, Frontier/Citizens Read more…

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PSC Stops Submetering at Four Buildings, Sets Conditions to Address Tenant Concerns

At its September 17, 2009 session the PSC decided to grant rehearing of prior submetering orders, and halted implementation of electric submetering at four New York City buildings with a total of 2,800 tenants. Earlier, in February 2oo9, the Commission temporarily stayed submetering on an emergency basis to protect the tenants, who would have seen Read more…

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