Monthly Archives: November 2014

Business Groups Seek Electric Rate Breaks as PSC Repurposes $925 Million/Year Surcharges  

Consumer groups have urged the New York Public Service Commission to improve low-income rates in its “Revising the Electric Vision (REV)” proceeding to overhaul its regulation of the electric industry. See AARP AND UTILITY PROJECT REPLY COMMENTS HIGHLIGHT CUSTOMER PROTECTION, AFFORDABILITY IN NY PSC REVISED ENERGY VISION “REV” CASE, October 29, 2014, AARP AND UTILITY PROJECT FILE COMMENTS ON Read more…

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Many Central Hudson Customers in Debt, Facing Hardships, Late Charges, Shutoff Threats, and Shutoffs of Essential Utility Service

Reflecting the basic fact that electric and gas utility service is not affordable to many residential customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric, the utility’s reports to the Public Service Commission indicate that as of August 31, 2014, 23,259 CHG&E customers were more than 60 days late in paying their bills. This was 9% of the utility’s residential Read more…

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Comcast/Time Warner Continue Effort to Stall Release of Time Warner’s New York State Broadband Deployment Plans

The Comcast/Time Warner Cable Petition to the New York PSC for Comcast to acquire Time Warner Cable is devoid of substance regarding plans for broadband service expansion.  See UTILITY PROJECT URGES NY PSC TO DISMISS COMCAST/TIME WARNER MERGER PETITION OR REQUIRE AMENDMENT AND NEW COMMENT PROCESS .  Concerns have been raised about general plans of Comcast to focus Read more…

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Electric Bill Surcharge Reform Proposals to Collect and Spend Billions Do Not Address Affordable Service to Low Income Customers

On September 23, 2014 the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) filed with the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) a new  Proposal for a “Clean Energy Fund (CEF),” which, it says, is designed to complement and align with the long-term electric industry policy objectives to be established in the PSC’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) proceeding and Read more…

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On Brink of NY PSC Vote on Comcast Merger President Urges FCC to Deem Broadband a Utility Telecom Service

On the brink of New York PSC action on the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger petition, which involves the provision of internet service as well as phone and cable services, President Obama has urged the FCC to regulate internet service as a telecom utility service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which governs telecommunications carriers. Read more…

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