Monthly Archives: October 2012

Proposed Central Hudson/Fortis Merger Offers Little for Consumers; Shutoffs Up 171% Since 2005, PULP Urges Reforms

New York Public Service Commission (PSC) staff and intervenor parties filed testimony on October 12, 2012 in the Central Hudson/Fortis merger case. The Public Utility Law Project (PULP) warns that this proposed merger offers little more than vague promises in the way of benefits, especially to vulnerable populations such as low-income and elderly households living on fixed Read more…

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Comments to PSC on ESCO Service Due

In a Notice inviting public comments issued October 19, 2012, the PSC asked for general comments on retail electricity and gas markets and for responses to the following questions: Information for Current ESCO Customers 1. What are the benefits and costs of requiring that utilities develop and make available historic bill calculators through utility websites Read more…

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PSC to Look at ESCO Service Issues

The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) announced on October 18, 2012 that it will begin an assessment of retail natural gas and electricity markets.  The Commission Press Release noted concerns regarding energy services company (ESCO) value, pricing and customer information, and said it would be inviting public comments on how to improve the situation. In Read more…

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PSC to Look at ESCO Service Issues (New York’s Utility Project)

The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) announced on October 18, 2012 that it will begin an assessment of retail natural gas and electricity markets. The Commission Press Release noted concerns regarding energy services company (ESCO) value, pricing and customer information, and said it would be inviting public comments on how to improve the situation. Read more…

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Second Circuit Bars Consumer Antitrust Claims Against NYISO Capacity Market Gamers Under Standing and Filed Rate Doctrines

In Simon v. KeySpan Corp., consumer plaintiffs commenced a private civil antitrust action for damages against Keyspan, then a New York City power producer owning the largest power plant in the City, alleging that it inflated NYISO capacity market prices through strategic bidding facilitated by a financial derivative contract with codefendant Morgan Stanley.  The impact of Read more…

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PSC Urged to Further Revise Proposed Submetering Regulations

The Public Service Commission is considering revisions to its regulations regarding residential submetering.  Generally prohibited since 1950, the PSC through a series of orders beginning in 1976 revived the practice in the name of encouraging efficient use of energy by tenants in older master metered buildings.  The latest version of proposed submetering regulations is here. The Read more…

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Albany Times Union: Choice offers higher cost

Times Union — Maybe deregulation isn’t working so well in New York state. That’s what consumer groups are saying after it was revealed recently that nearly all National Grid customers who get their electricity or gas supply through alternative suppliers are paying through the nose instead of saving a bundle. The alternative energy suppliers were Read more…

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