Monthly Archives: September 2012

Syracuse Post Standard: National Grid households pay extra when they buy energy from outside marketers

SYRACUSE, N.Y. The Post-Standard — For more than a decade, state regulators and the utilities they oversee have urged customers to switch energy suppliers to promote competition. Several utilities have state-sanctioned programs offering customers lower bills for two months if they sign with a new electric or gas provider. “Want to save 7 percent off Read more…

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ALJs Rule that Differences Between ESCO Charges and Niagara Mohawk Charges are Not Trade Secrets Requiring Confidential Treatment

In a Ruling issued September 7, 2012, the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) presiding over the pending Niagara Mohawk electric and gas rate cases denied the motion of the Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA) which, on several grounds, sought to bar disclosure of information requested by PULP regarding the difference between bills issued by Niagara Mohawk Read more…

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PULP Files Testimony in Niagara Mohawk Cases Urging Improved Low Income Rates, Tools to Compare ESCO Bills (New York’s Utility Project)

National Grid d/b/a/ Niagara Mohawk filed new natural gas and electric rates on April 27, 2012, supported by extensive testimony and documentary evidence, available in the PSC case file for Case 12-E-0201.  The changes have been suspended pending New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) review for reasonableness and possible modification, which will take at least 11 months. In Read more…

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(Syracuse Post Standard: Energy Competition: Reveal prices to level playing field for consumers

SYRACUSE, N.Y. The Post-Standard — New York state went to a great deal of trouble a decade ago to inject competition into the market for electricity and natural gas. Utilities that own the pipes and the wires once had a monopoly on the commodities they delivered, so customers couldn’t shop around for energy, even if Read more…

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State Recommendations Due Soon on How FERC Should Use Funds Disgorged by NYISO Market Gamer for the Benefit of Electric Energy Consumers

State recommendations on how FERC should use funds disgorged by an alleged NYISO market manipulator for the benefit of electric customers are due at FERC by September 8.  Since that is a Saturday, state filings may be expected any time from now through Monday September 10. FERC will decide how to allocate $6 million within Read more…

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PULP Files Testimony in Niagara Mohawk Cases Urging Improved Low Income Rates, Tools to Compare ESCO Bills

National Grid d/b/a/ Niagara Mohawk filed new natural gas and electric rates on April 27, 2012, supported by extensive testimony and documentary evidence, available in the PSC case file for Case 12-E-0201.  The changes have been suspended pending New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) review for reasonableness and possible modification, which will take at least 11 months. In Read more…

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