Monthly Archives: February 2013

Where is New York’s $78 Million from the Constellation Disgorgement Fund?

Background.  In a FERC enforcement proceeding begun in March last year, Constellation Energy Services Group settled charges that it had manipulated the NYISO wholesale electricity market, agreeing to pay fines and to disgorge profits for the benefit of electricity consumers.  New York’s earmark from the disgorged profits proceeds is $78 million.  For further background, see Read more…

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PULP Comments Oppose Central Hudson/Fortis Merger Case Settlement Proposal

A request for approval of the merger of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation (Central Hudson) and Fortis, Inc. (Fortis) is currently under review by the New York Public Service Commission (Commission) in PSC Case 12-M-0192.  See Proposed Central Hudson/Fortis Merger Offers Little for Consumers; Shutoffs Up 171% Since 2005, PULP Urges Reforms. After a period for Read more…

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Consumer Groups ask NY Leaders for Better Utility Oversight, Stronger Consumer Protections, and More Resources for Independent Utility Consumer Advocacy

New York utility companies propose to hit New Yorkers with hundreds of millions of dollars in rate hikes to recover Superstorm Sandy-related costs, AARP and the Public Utility Law Project (PULP) say it’s these kinds of actions that demand change in the industry. Following up on the recommendations made by the Moreland Act Commission, today, Read more…

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PULP Opposes Central Hudson Request for $9.7 Million Storm Damage Recovery

Yesterday Central Hudson (CH) petitioned the Public Service Commission (PSC) for expedited approval of its request to recover its total $9.7 million in Tropical Storm Sandy costs from ratepayers. To protect the interest of consumers from an increase in rates and to ensure that ineffective storm preparation and response is not needlessly recompensed PULP filed Read more…

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