Monthly Archives: February 2010

PULP Expresses Concerns with State HEAP Program, Proposes Improvements,Transparency and Public Scrutiny of Utility Vendor Agreements

The HEAP program uses federal dollars to address home energy needs of low-income households, with states allowed to design program details after involving the public in the program design. In February 17, 2010 Comments to the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (“OTDA”) on the development of the State Home Energy Assistance Plan (“HEAP”) Read more…

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Syracuse Tenants Protest City Water Shutoff Policies

Syracuse United Neighbors Announces Protest of City Water Shutoff Practices For more information: Phil Prehn–community organizer 315-476-7475 phil@sunaction.org SUN Press Event Regarding City’s Water Shut Off Of Innocent Tenant Due To Landlord Default Syracuse United Neighbors (SUN) will gather at the corner of W. Colvin Street and Midland Ave.. at 11:00 AM Thursday, February 18th Read more…

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Has the New York PSC Found a Way to Assess Wireless Providers?

A fascinating decision from the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC”) released on February 4, 2010 regarding whether the PSC could direct a wireless provider, Sprint PCS, to negotiate an interconnection agreement with a non-incumbent local exchange carrier (“CLEC”) and whether it could set a reciprocal compensation rate for the exchange of local (intra-MTA) Read more…

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Hazel Towers Tenants Ask PSC Again for Stay and Outside Audit of Submetering After New Overcharges

BackgroundThe saga of ineffective PSC regulation of submetered electric service provided to tenants at Hazel Towers is in its second year. The PSC did not on individual tenant complaints of overcharges, rampant violation of HEFPA, and noncompliance with the PSC’s prior Order allowing submetering at Hazel Towers. After individual complaints were brushed aside, the Hazel Read more…

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ESCO Claims Locking in its 28% Higher Rate is “Smart” and “Practical” (New York’s Utility Project)

Residential natural gas customers in the Capital Region received a mailing from the Energy Service Company (ESCO) Vectren Source in recent days urging them to switch their service from Niagara Mohawk/National Grid to Vectren for significant savings on natural gas. Customers who switch to ESCOs pay the ESCO for gas they consume and still pay Read more…

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Austin, Texas Automatically Enrolls Low-Income Customers for Reduced Utility Rates

The Austin, Texas publicly owned electric utility, Austin Energy, offers significantly reduced rates to low-income consumers. It has adopted a system for efficient, automatic enrollment of customers who qualify for the reduced rates by reason of their receipt of other public benefits. See City of Austin Takes Extra Steps to Assist Low Income Utility Customers, Read more…

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PSC Sets Schedule for Consideration of Oceangate Tenants’ Petition to Halt Submetering

On February 9, 2010, the New York PSC established a schedule for consideration of the petition of the North Bay Tenants Association to halt implementation of electricity submetering at Oceangate, a large complex of former Mitchell Lama apartment buildings in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The PSC Notice Establishing Pleadings Schedule directs the owner, Starrett Oceangate LLC/Oceangate Read more…

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