Monthly Archives: March 2013

New York PSC Asks FERC to Disburse $78 Million from NYISO Market Manipulation Settlement Fund; When Will Customers Receive their $48 Million Bill Credits?

The New York Public Service Commission on March 25, 2013 asked FERC to disburse the $78 million portion of the funds disgorged by Constellation Energy Services in a NYISO market manipulation case, intended for the benefit of New York electricity consumers.  Of that amount, $48 million is intended as “refunds” to customers.  The background and Read more…

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PSC Extends Time for Public Comment on Fortis’ Proposed Acquisition of Central Hudson Gas & Electric to May 1

On March 22, 2013 the Secretary of the PSC issued a Notice extending until May 1, 2013 the time for comments on the proposed acquisition of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Company by Fortis Inc.  The Notice was issued in response to requests from many individuals and local and state governmental officials.  These include Assembly Member Kevin Read more…

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Proposed PSC Storm Outage Remedies Would Allow Utilities Three Days to Restore Power Before Reducing Delivery Revenue

Today, the New York Public Service Commission opened a new generic case and issued a Notice Soliciting Comments on several proposals to address storm outage related policies.  The Commission order recounts that after “Superstorm Sandy” it had approved, on an ad hoc basis, the waiver of current utility tariffs in order to give prorated refunds of monthly Read more…

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Asleep at the Switchboard: New York Telephone Subscribership Sags, Now Ninth from the Bottom

A measure of well being and community connection is the household penetration level of telephone service.  The FCC maintains statistics which have measured over time the success of the universal service programs and telephone affordability policies of the state utility regulators.  The most recent FCC report, TELEPHONE SUBSCRIBERSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES (Data through July 2011), shows Read more…

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Reply Comments of PULP and AARP

AARP and the Public Utility Law Project of New York, Inc. (PULP) have reviewed the Comments filed by other interested persons and parties to this proceeding on January 25,2013, including the late filed comments of the Utility Intervention Unit (UIU) of the Division of Consumer Protection, New York State Department of State, filed on February Read more…

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