Author Archives: Richard Berkley

Time is Money: AARP Urges NYers to Reject ESCOs; End to Delay in Probe of High Prices

New AARP Letter Urges Judges to Deny ESCO Requests for Additional Delays in Hearing into Deceptive Marketing Practices, Overcharges   ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP has filed a letter urging state administrative law judges to reject the latest maneuverings by New York’s Energy Service Company industry to continue delaying a state inquiry into their deceptive marketing practices and false Read more…

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NYC Councilmembers, State Legislators, AARP, PULP Praise Move to Force ESCO Transparency

  On June 2nd, the New York City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus (BLAC), key members of the New York State Legislature, AARP, and the Public Utility Law Project of NY (PULP) announced today that they strongly support the nearly unprecedented issuances of 176 subpoenas of energy service companies (ESCOs) to force transparency on Read more…

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AARP, PULP: NYS Right to Subpoena Energy Service Companies, Shine Light on Shady Practices

AARP, PULP: NYS Right to Subpoena Energy Service Companies, Shine Light on Shady Practices – istockphoto.com/Feng Yu.jpg Move to Force ESCOs to Reveal Data is Unprecedented in Recent Times; Consumer Groups Praise Governor Cuomo, Regulators ALBANY, N.Y. – State utility regulators with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s support are right to force energy service companies (ESCOs) to Read more…

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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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