Monthly Archives: January 2010

PSC Sued By Landlord Over Stay of Electric Submetering at Manhattan Apartment Buildings

According to the Manhattan Real Estate Blog, Urban American has sued the PSC to overturn the PSC’s September 17, 2009 Order which stayed implementation of submetering at four Manhattan housing projects run by Urban American. Major multi-family owner Urban American is suing the state Public Service Commission over electric billing in thousands of units of Read more…

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Oceangate Tenants Ask PSC and DHCR to Halt Submetering and Conduct Environmental Impact Assessment Under SEQRA

The North Bay Tenants Association (NBTA) filed a Petition with the PSC on January 28, 2009 asking the PSC to halt implementation of electricity submetering at Oceangate, a 542 unit high rise Mitchell Lama housing project in Coney Island owned by a Starrett Corp. affiliate. The Petition asks the PSC to conduct an environmental impact Read more…

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Governor Paterson Proposes Elimination of HEAP Weatherization Funding and HEAP Advisory Group

The WAP ProgramAccording to an HHS Report, low-income households in the Northeast pay approximately 22% of their annual income for home energy, while non low-income households pay about 5%. The federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Act (LIHEAA) provides aid to help states address the needs of low income energy consumers who are often hit Read more…

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TracFone Is Now New York’s Largest Telephone Lifeline Provider

According to data compiled by the Universal Service Administrative Company (“USAC”), the FCC’s administrator of universal service funds and programs, the SafeLink service offered by TracFone Wireless now has more Lifeline discount telephone service customers in New York State than Verizon, even though it didn’t begin offering the service and receiving reimbursement until April 2009. Read more…

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New York City Closes ESCO Electric Service Sales Tax Loophole; Will Other Localities and New York State be Next?

Background – The ESCO LoopholeIn general, state and local sales taxes apply to electric and natural gas service. The state Tax Law provides that residential energy sources and services exempt from the 4% New York State sales and use tax, but local sales taxes on utility services – including residential service – have been adopted Read more…

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Activist Supreme Court Reaches Out to Limit Consumer Objections to Wholesale Power Rates

Yesterday the Supreme Court reversed a decision of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that had allowed states and consumers to challenge a deal establishing new rules for expensive electric capacity auctions in New England. We previously wrote about the case: FERC Asks Supreme Court to Limit Maine’s Challenge to Wholesale Read more…

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