Monthly Archives: June 2013

Moreland Commission Recommends Stronger Utility Consumer Advocacy

The Moreland Commission  on Utility Storm Preparation and Response, was created on November 13, 2012 by Executive Order No. 73.  While its main focus was investigation of the Long Island Power Authority and storm issues, its mission also encompassed the broader functioning of utility regulation in the state: (A) study, examine, investigate and review: (i) Read more…

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LIPA Agreement Announced

Legislative agreement has been announced regarding revision of the operating structure of the Long Island Power Authority ((LIPA).  The announcement includes a chart comparing the existing and fully privatized scenarios with the new arrangement, which retains public ownership in LIPA but gives the private operating company more powers to change its rates, terms and conditions Read more…

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Time Warner Asks PSC to Greenlight Prime Time Evening, Friday Afternoon and Saturday Phone Shutoffs for Collection Purposes, and to Relax Other Consumer Protections

Time Warner’s phone service subsidiary (Time Warner Cable Information Services (New York) LLC) filed a Petition on May 1, 2013 with the Public Service Commission, seeking “Waivers of Certain Commission Regulations Pertaining to Partial Payments, Directory Distribution, Timing for Suspension or Termination of Service, and a Partial Waiver of Service Quality Reporting Requirements.” In a Read more…

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Time Warner Asks PSC to Greenlight Prime Time Evening, Friday Afternoon and Saturday Phone Shutoffs for Collection Purposes, and to Relax Other Consumer Protections (New York’s Utility Project)

Time Warner’s phone service subsidiary (Time Warner Cable Information Services (New York) LLC) filed a Petition on May 1, 2013 with the Public Service Commission, seeking “Waivers of Certain Commission Regulations Pertaining to Partial Payments, Directory Distribution, Timing for Suspension or Termination of Service, and a Partial Waiver of Service Quality Reporting Requirements.” In a Read more…

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Parties Respond to Central Hudson/Fortis Revisions to Merger Proposal and Rate Plan Extension

With the time for a PSC decision on the Fortis proposal for takeover of Central Hudson approaching, and facing a Recommended Decision of DPS Administrative Law Judges urging disapproval, Central Hudson and Fortis filed a revised proposal with dubious “enhancements.”  See After Final Submissions on Prior Proposal, Fortis, Central Hudson File New Plan With PSC Read more…

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PULP Files Testimony in Con Edison Rate Case, Seeking Improved Low Income Rates, Reduced Service Interruption to Collect Bills, Improved Storm Cost Recovery Measures

Con Edison filed new rates in January 2013 which were suspended by the Public Service Commission for an 11-month review and likely modification.  Con Edison requested an electric rate increase of approximately $375 million and updated the request in March to $411.9 million.  The total “delivery rate” increase requested is about 7.9%.  (Con Edison sometimes Read more…

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