Monthly Archives: April 2015

Moody’s Skeptical of Utility “Death Spiral” from Distributed Generation

It is sometimes argued that the advent of new “Distributed Generation (DG)” resources, such as home solar rooftop installations coupled with batteries, will actually allow customers to stop taking any electric service from distribution utilities. Then, the scenario goes, to recover their costs and earn a fair return on their capital investment in their transmission and Read more…

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Limited Court Challenge Fails to Stop NYISO Lower Hudson Capacity Zone; Prices Rising

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which is a FERC regulated utility, amended its tariff to create a new capacity market zone in the Lower Hudson Valley.  The NYISO’s tariff requires that a new zone be created when the total transmission transfer capability is insufficient to allow all of the capacity resources in a pre-existing zone to Read more…

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Shutoff Season is Here – Part II. Are Shutoff Notices Adequate?

Are New York Utilities Adequately Notifying Customers of their Rights Prior to Shutoffs for Bill Collection Purposes? Shutoff notices sent by utilities may not be giving sufficient notice to customers about how to access the utility’s complaint handling process and if that is not successful, how to get a deferred payment agreement to avoid termination, Read more…

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Shutoff Season is Here! 268,000 of New York’s utility customers had their gas or electric service shut off in 2014.

New York electric utility rates for residential customers are 59% higher than the national average. That is simply not affordable for many customers.  In 2014, New York State’s electric and gas utilities issued 7.2 million shutoff notices and shut off service to 268,000 customers as a bill collection measure. The largest energy utility, Con Edison, issued 2.8 million shutoff Read more…

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