Monthly Archives: March 2010

Maryland Reconsiders Electricity Deregulation

A cornerstone of the Enron-inspired electricity restructuring plans adopted in about 15 states was to require traditional vertically integrated utilities to sell their power plants to “merchant power” utilities who would compete in a wholesale market. The old utilities and new retail “energy services companies” would buy the electricity generation portion of service at wholesale Read more…

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On a PACE to a Greener Future? Are Property Assessed Clean Energy Bonds the Solution to Weatherization and Green Jobs?

In November 2009, the New York State Legislature approved enabling legislation permitting municipalities to create their own programs to finance the installation of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements using Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”) bonds. Through PACE, upfront costs for cost effective energy improvements would no longer be a barrier because property owners Read more…

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PSC and DHCR Stonewalling on FOIL Requests Regarding Conversion of Electrically Heated Oceangate Project to Submetering

Incomplete Information from PSCThe North Bay Tenants Association filed a petition in January 2010 with the New York Public Service Commission seeking to halt the conversion of the premises from master metering of electricity to submetering. The premises, a former Mitchell-Lama project owned by a Starrett company, are electrically heated. The online PSC file for Read more…

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NY PSC Allows Owners to Give Defective Notice, Thwarting Tenant Participation in Conversions to Submetering of Electricity

In numerous cases involving submetering, tenants learn far too late that the New York PSC approved a plan for submetering that will increase their economic burdens despite good faith efforts to conserve electricity usage in their apartments. Under the PSC submetering regulations, a landlord seeking to convert from master metered electricity to a submetering system Read more…

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Does A Submetering Tax Break Give Landlords Incentive to Set Low Utility Allowances and Displace Tenants in Federally Subsidized Housing?

In a recent case involving conversion of a HUD subsidized Section 236 housing project from master metering of electricity to submetering, the landlord initially proposed to establish certain utility allowances. These defray increased payment burdens to be imposed upon tenants after implementing submetering of their apartments. At some point in the process, the owner shifted Read more…

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