Monthly Archives: June 2010

National Grid Proposes Applying Additional $ to its Low Income Program for its New York City Natural Gas Customers

In its most recent rate case, National Grid agreed to expand its low income rates for its gas customers in Brooklyn served by KEDNY. Residential non-heating customers now receive a $2.50 monthly discount in the minimum charge and heating customers are offered a $9.50 discount. There is also a seasonal winter discount which provides an Read more…

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Rent Stabilized Tenants Oppose Coop Plan to Replace Con Edison with Submetered Electric Service

On March 4, 2010, Bay City Metering Company, Inc., an unregulated provider of utility services to owners selling submetered electric service to tenants, filed an application with the New York State Public Service Commission to replace individual directed metered Con Edison electric service with submetered service at a New York City residential cooperative at 61 Read more…

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TracFone Lifeline Phones Sold on Craigslist

NASUCA, the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates, of which PULP is a member, distributed a consumer alert on June 16th to inform customers that some TracFone SafeLink Lifeline telephones have been placed for sale on Craigslist. The ads are extremely problematic because the SafeLink phones are to be only used by Lifeline-eligible low-income Read more…

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DOJ Asks Court to Approve Proposed Settlement of KeySpan Antitrust Case Despite Consumer, Utility, and Government Opposition

Despite broad consumer, utility, and government opposition, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division filed papers in the Southern District of New York federal court last week in further support of its proposal to settle an antitrust case against KeySpan for inflating prices in the NYISO market for electric capacity. Under the Tunney Read more…

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AARP, Consumers Union, and PULP Oppose Reallocation of Cheap Niagara Hydropower from Residential Customers

AARP, Consumers Union, and PULP have joined in a statement opposing legislative reallocation of the portion of low cost hydropower now targeted by law for the benefit of residential and rural customers. Business groups are proposing to shift the benefit in order to subsidize selected businesses in the name of job creation, i.e., “Power for Read more…

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PULP’s Funding and Future Still in Jeopardy

With the legislative session nearing an end, and the expected adoption of a budget for the 2010-11 state fiscal year, which began April 1, 2010, essential funding necessary for PULP’s continued operation is still in jeopardy. See AARP Urges State Senate to Save PULP. PULP has exhausted its funds and cannot pay its staff or Read more…

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Oceangate Tenants Reply to Owner’s Defense of Submetering

We have previously discussed the halt of electricity submetering at the Oceangate apartment complex in Coney Island. See Oceangate Submetering on Hold Pending PSC Review of Tenant Petition for Stay and Impact Assessment, PULP Network, February 20, 2010. The association of Oceangate tenants, the North Bay Tenants Association, filed a Petition asking the PSC to Read more…

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