Author Archives: Richard Berkley

As PSC Opens Major ESCO Case, AARP and PULP Urge Governor to Protect Consumers 

AARP, PULP: Fill Three Vacancies on Five-Member Regulatory Body with Consumer Champions to Keep Fighting for ESCO Customers ALBANY, N.Y. – As New York utility regulators opened a major case today to investigate additional crackdowns on energy service companies (ESCOs), AARP called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to appoint consumer champions to fill three upcoming vacancies on the five-member Read more…

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AARP, PULP Strongly Support Prohibition on ESCOs Serving Low-Income Consumers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    Contacts: Erik Kriss (AARP), ekriss@aarp.org, 518-360-9213, Thursday, December 15, 2016            Richard Berkley (PULP), rberkley@utilityproject.org, 917-512-5334   AARP, PULP Strongly Support Prohibition on ESCOs Serving Low-Income Consumers   PSC’s and Governor’s Leadership Will Protect New York Consumers   NEW YORK, New York – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel and Public Read more…

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PSC Wrong to Saddle NYC Ratepayers With All Superfund Cleanup Costs; Rate Hike Approved Today Unfair to NYC & LI Consumers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contacts: Erik Kriss (AARP), ekriss@aarp.org, 518-360-9213 & Richard Berkley (PULP), rberkley@utilityproject.org, 917-512-5334 AARP, PULP: Rate Hike Approved Today Unfair to NYC, LI Utility Consumers PSC Wrong to Saddle NYC Ratepayers With All Superfund Cleanup Costs   NEW YORK, New York – AARP New York, the Public Utility Law Project (PULP) and elected officials Read more…

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AARP, PULP: Governor Cuomo and NYS Public Service Commission stand with NYS Utility Consumers who have Overpaid by $816+ Million to ESCOs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 2, 2016 CONTACT: Jordan McNerney (AARP), jmcnerney@aarp.org, 212-407-3732 Richard Berkley (PULP), rberkley@utilityproject.org, 917-512-5334 AARP, PULP: Governor Cuomo and NYS Public Service Commission stand with NYS Utility Consumers who  have Overpaid by $816+ Million Over 30 Months to ESCOs ALBANY, N.Y. – New York utility consumers have a nearly billion-dollar ESCO problem. Read more…

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National Grid-NY Rate Increase Opposed by Elected Officials, Community Organizations and Consumers, PULP & AARP

Public Utility Law Project and AARP, Joined by Local and State Elected Officials, Community Organizations and Consumers, Oppose National Grid–NY Rate Increase Proposal Call proposal too high for vulnerable ratepayers and unfair — customers charged 100% for Superfund cleanups For Immediate Release: Contact: New York City Council Black Latino Asian Caucus 212-482-6642; BLACaucus@council.nyc.gov Contact: Richard Berkley, Public Utility Law 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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PSC DEFINING AN ESCO “VALUE ADDED” SERVICE OPTION THAT WOULD ALLOW ESCOs TO CHARGE LOW-INCOME UTILITY CUSTOMERS MORE THAN THE RATE THE UTILITY WOULD HAVE CHARGED THEM

Many ESCO marketers promise utility customers they will save money on their utility bills.   However, it is very difficult for customers who switch to ESCO service to know whether they are paying more or less for electricity or gas than if they had continued to take full service from the utility. The reason for Read more…

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