Monthly Archives: October 2009

PULP Urges Assembly to Reject Governor’s Proposal to Cut PULP Funding

PULP submitted testimony today for hearings being held by the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee on Governor David A. Paterson’s “Deficit Reduction Plan” to reduce current year expenditures, which was announced last week. The Governor’s proposal for cutting local assistance appropriations includes PULP, along with many other programs that serve low-income New Read more…

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Governor Proposes to Slash Civil Legal Services, PULP Funding

Governor Paterson’s “Deficit Reduction Plan” for reducing local assistance proposes that the legislature enact revised appropriations for 2009 – 2010 that would slash funding for civil legal services and the Public Utility Law Project (“PULP”) by $595,000 and $23,000, respectively. In every year since 1981, state budgets have provided core funding for PULP. PULP has Read more…

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Past Recipients of Regular HEAP Can Mail In 2009 – 2010 HEAP Applications

Last year there were delays in some counties as low-income households attempted to apply for one-time “Regular” benefits in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. See Slow Processing of Applications for HEAP Benefits; OTDA Receiving Comments on Next Year’s HEAP Program, SNAFU in OTDA’s Administration of the HEAP Program; State Tells Suffolk County to Read more…

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NY PSC Mum on FCC Telecom Consumer Information Proceeding

Back on August 27th, PULP reported that the FCC released a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) to examine and evaluate the communication customers receive about their telephone service. Specifically, the FCC sought information as to whether consumers are being empowered and protected with the level of information they currently receive when it comes to choosing a Read more…

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Ohio Governor Halts Utility "Free" Efficient Bulb Program after Customers Get Smart About "Revenue Decoupling"

With a great wave of PR fanfare that sloshed into the New York Times, Ohio utility FirstEnergy announced in early October that it would distribute four million efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to its 3.75 million residential customers. See FirstEnergy Ohio Residential Customers Get Bulbs, N.Y. Times.com, October 5, 2009. John Funk, FirstEnergy to Read more…

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Yonkers Riverview II Tenants Again Ask PSC to Halt Submetering

Tenants of Riverview II, a former Mitchell-Lama housing project in Yonkers, are again asking the Public Service Commission to halt submetering. Faced with new bills for electricity not offset by rent reductions or allowances under HUD-regulated subsidy programs for low and moderate income households, the tenants filed a petition in April, 2009, asking the PSC Read more…

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Florida Governor Shakes Up PSC After Ex Parte Communications via Blackberry Text Messaging

News of ex parte contacts between utility executives and Florida Public Service Commission members has led to change. See Public Service Commission halts own BlackBerry texting –Regulators halted the use of text messaging on their own phones as their relationship with utilities continues to come under fire, Miami Herald, Sept. 9, 2009. According to the Read more…

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Ontario Electricity Board Bans Landlord "Smart" Submetering of Electricity Without Energy Audits, Transparency, and Specific, Informed Tenant Consent

On August 18, 2008 the Ontario Electricity Board issued a Decision and Order on submetering that involves many of the same issues faced by New York tenants due to the dog’s breakfast of a submetering regime created by the New York State Public Service Commission. The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) found all current submetering to Read more…

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