Monthly Archives: December 2014

Not So Smart: Ontario Auditor General Questions Billions Paid by Electric Customers for “Smart Meters”

Following the Enronian dogma of electricity deregulation enthusiasts (and some environmentalists), Ontario embarked on large scale residential deployment of so-called “smart meters” a few years ago.  “Smart meter” proponents claim a variety  of hypothetical benefits from having residential customer prices thrum with the flawed hourly electricity spot market prices in jurisdictions like Ontario (and New York, which effectively ceded Read more…

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AARP and Utility Project Urge NY PSC to Include Improved Rates and Utility Assistance for Electricity Customers when it Repurposes $925 Million/Year Electric Bill Surcharge Revenues

Background On September 23, 2014, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) NYSERDA proposed repurposing current electric bill surcharges totaling $925 million/year to create a new “Clean Energy Fund (CEF).” This was required by the Public Service Commission (PSC) under its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Order.  Although the PSC schedule in the REV case has slowed, and Read more…

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NY Broadband Rollout Plans of Time Warner Cable Required to be Released in Third FOIL Ruling

In a third ruling on the issue, a Department of Public Service Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), on December 2, 2014, issued a Decision ordering release under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) of Time Warner Cable’s Broadband deployment plans.  The plans for extending broadband service within a large number of Time Warner Cable’s franchises in New York Read more…

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