Monthly Archives: February 2014

PSC Approves Con Edison Rate Deal

On February 20, 2014, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a non unanimous Joint Proposal for resolution of the simultaneous gas, electric, and steam rate cases filed by Con Edison in January 2013. New York’s Utility Project opposed the Joint Proposal because it inadequately addressed the needs of customers struggling to pay their Read more…

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PSC Issues Order Modifying ESCO Regulatory Regime to Address Lack of Small Customer Benefit and Abuses

It is said that “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” At the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC)  the arc may be at least 15 years longer than elsewhere, but at last it appears to be bending toward  just and reasonable terms and conditions for ESCO customers. In 1997, Read more…

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Proposed Budget Bill Would Erode State Utility Policy Against Shared Meters

The Governor’s  Executive Budget contains a proposal, ostensibly to reduce costs at the PSC, that will reduce charges to landlords who illegally wire or pipe their buildings so that tenants pay for utility service outside their apartments.  The new proposal is in the Executive Budget in Part R of the Transportation and Economic Development Bill at page Read more…

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Draft NY Plan Calls for Energy Affordability for Low-Income Customers, Comments Invited, Public Hearings Scheduled

New York’s Draft Energy Plan, issued January 7, 2014 by the New York State Energy Planning Board, calls for improved energy affordability for New York’s energy consumers, who pay some of the nation’s highest rates for electricity.  Here is what it says: Improving Energy Affordability • Keep New York residential customer electric bills as a Read more…

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Catching Up Is Hard To Do – New York’s Utility Customers and the Great Recession

Utility collection activity reports show that many New York consumers have fallen behind in making payments for essential utility electric and gas services.  As a consequence, they face added late charges, threats of service termination for bill collection purposes, and nearly three hundred thousand face actual service termination each year. As shown in the following Read more…

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