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Albany Times Union: National Grid bills to get a makeover – Utility plans calculator to help customers with switching suppliers

Times Union–National Grid customers could soon find it a lot easier to decide whether it was worth their while to switch to one of the many gas and electric suppliers in the state. As part of a three-year rate plan the company recently negotiated with state regulatory and business groups, National Grid is proposing to form Read more…

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PSC to Look at ESCO Service Issues (New York’s Utility Project)

The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) announced on October 18, 2012 that it will begin an assessment of retail natural gas and electricity markets. The Commission Press Release noted concerns regarding energy services company (ESCO) value, pricing and customer information, and said it would be inviting public comments on how to improve the situation. Read more…

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Albany Times Union: Choice offers higher cost

Times Union — Maybe deregulation isn’t working so well in New York state. That’s what consumer groups are saying after it was revealed recently that nearly all National Grid customers who get their electricity or gas supply through alternative suppliers are paying through the nose instead of saving a bundle. The alternative energy suppliers were Read more…

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Syracuse Post Standard: AARP urges consumers to be cautious when dealing with energy marketers

The Post-Standard. — AARP today advised its 2.7 million members in New York state to be “extremely cautious” about buying electricity or natural gas from unregulated energy service companies, or ESCOs. The advice follows a report this week that ESCO prices on average have been significantly higher than prices charged by regulated utility National Grid. Read more…

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Syracuse Post Standard: Consumer advocates win: Energy price comparison to be made public

SYRACUSE, N.Y. The Post-Standard– State regulators have decided that the public is entitled to an analysis comparing National Grid’s electric and natural gas prices to those of competing suppliers, a victory for consumer advocates over energy companies that had sought to keep the information a “trade secret.” If today’s ruling holds, two years worth of Read more…

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ALJs Rule that Differences Between ESCO Charges and Niagara Mohawk Charges are Not Trade Secrets Requiring Confidential Treatment (New York’s Utility Project)

In a Ruling issued September 7, 2012, the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) presiding over the pending Niagara Mohawk electric and gas rate cases denied the motion of the Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA) which, on several grounds, sought to bar disclosure of information requested by PULP regarding the difference between bills issued by Niagara Mohawk Read more…

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Syracuse Post Standard: National Grid households pay extra when they buy energy from outside marketers

SYRACUSE, N.Y. The Post-Standard — For more than a decade, state regulators and the utilities they oversee have urged customers to switch energy suppliers to promote competition. Several utilities have state-sanctioned programs offering customers lower bills for two months if they sign with a new electric or gas provider. “Want to save 7 percent off Read more…

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PULP Files Testimony in Niagara Mohawk Cases Urging Improved Low Income Rates, Tools to Compare ESCO Bills (New York’s Utility Project)

National Grid d/b/a/ Niagara Mohawk filed new natural gas and electric rates on April 27, 2012, supported by extensive testimony and documentary evidence, available in the PSC case file for Case 12-E-0201.  The changes have been suspended pending New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) review for reasonableness and possible modification, which will take at least 11 months. In Read more…

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(Syracuse Post Standard: Energy Competition: Reveal prices to level playing field for consumers

SYRACUSE, N.Y. The Post-Standard — New York state went to a great deal of trouble a decade ago to inject competition into the market for electricity and natural gas. Utilities that own the pipes and the wires once had a monopoly on the commodities they delivered, so customers couldn’t shop around for energy, even if Read more…

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