Monthly Archives: December 2009

AARP Calls for Reform of NYISO and Its Electricity Spot Markets

AARP has called for reform of the NYISO, the wholesale electric utility that operates the New York grid and ‘organized” electricity spot markets. AARP Calls for Accountability, Oversight and Transparency in New York State Electricity Markets, AARP Press Release, Dec. 15, 2009. AARP also issued a report identifying areas for specific reform: • Accountability – Read more…

Pin It

PSC Modifies Final Disconnect Notice Requirements for Verizon’s Customers

Deep within the New York State Public Service Commission’s (“PSC”) regulations regarding telephone consumer protections is language which is required to be included in all final suspension and termination notices. This required language includes the phrase: PLEASE BRING THIS NOTICE TO THE ATTENTION OF THE TELEPHONE CORPORATION WHEN PAYING THIS BILL. When originally implemented in Read more…

Pin It

GAO Report: Nowhere to Turn — FCC Not Protecting Wireless Consumers, While New York PSC Abstains

On December 10th, the federal Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a stinging analysis of the FCC’s inability to resolve consumer complaints about wireless service. Compounding matters was the realization that the states, including New York, lack the authority to enforce consumer protections for wireless users. FCC Needs to Improve Oversight over Wireless Phone Service. The Read more…

Pin It

New York City Approves Plan for More Submetering

The New York City Council adopted a new law that adds to the landlord impetus to shift rising electricity bills to tenants through submetering. The new law encompasses large commercial tenants, such as street-level businesses in residential apartment buildings. The new City legislation defines its coverage as follows: COVERED BUILDING. As it appears in the Read more…

Pin It

ESCOs Propose "Education" of Central Hudson Customers with $500,000 Postcards Touting Utility Choice

Energy services companies (“ESCOs”) are asking Central Hudson to spend approximately $500,000 to bombard its more than 250,000 residential customers with three large postcards exhorting them to choose ESCO service. In addition, they propose more bill stuffers and public relations efforts by Central Hudson to push customers to take ESCO service, including “Public Service Announcements Read more…

Pin It

California Senate Leader Blocks Reconfirmation of Pro Deregulation Utility Commissioner Supported by Verizon and AT&T

The leader of the California State Senate is blocking the reconfirmation of a sitting California Public Utility Commission member, Rachelle Chong: Chong, who has been severely criticized by consumer groups, was first appointed in 2006 and had been seeking a term that would have lasted through 2014. The decision means she will have to leave Read more…

Pin It