Monthly Archives: May 2010

HUD Directs Roll-Back of Submetering at Yonkers Riverview II

BackgroundOver the past year we have occasionally discussed some of the efforts of the Related Company, manager of the Yonkers Riverview II apartment complex, to convert to landlord submetering of electricity with the support of New York state agencies, the PSC, DHCR and NYSERDA, and the adverse impact upon tenants. SeeApril 9, 2009:Yonkers Tenants Ask Read more…

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Maine PUC Staff Calls for Regulation of VoIP

In an Examiners’ Report released on May 18th, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (“MPUC”) Staff found that the Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) services provided by Time Warner Cable and Comcast constitute “telephone services” under Maine law and are subject to the MPUC’s regulations. The Staff also found that its conclusion is not preempted by Read more…

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AARP Objects to Proposed Settlement by U.S. of Antitrust Case Against KeySpan for Inflating NYISO Charges

AARP has submitted comments and objections to the proposed settlement of a U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) antitrust lawsuit against KeySpan filed in February 2010. The Complaint alleges KeySpan violated the Sherman Act when it inflated NYISO electricity capacity auction prices from 2006 to 2008. The amount by which prices were inflated was estimated by Con Read more…

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OTDA Announces Second Regular HEAP Payments: $100 to Utilities, $200 to Vendors of Delivered Fuel

On May 11, 2010, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced it will issue additional HEAP benefits to households who previously qualified for Regular HEAP during the 2009-2010 HEAP season. The supplemental payment is being made with federal LIHEAP contingency funds released by President Obama in January. According to the Read more…

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OTDA Proposes Rule Extending Utility Assistance Repayment Agreements from One to Two Years

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is proposing to amend its regulations to implement last year’s statutory amendment to the emergency utility assistance program under social services law 131-s. Persons with incomes over the threshold for ongoing public assistance are required to sign a repayment agreement as a condition of Read more…

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