Shut -offs – Rising Again, Years into Great Recession

Fire Kills 3 Boys After Con Ed Shut Power Off to Collect Unpaid Bill and Mom Used Candles (New York’s Utility Project)

The importance of continued, safe electric service was tragically underscored again last night, when three young Bronx boys, ages 4 months, 2 years, and 5 years died in a fire apparently caused by a candle used for light.  According to a CBS news report,  “Con Edison confirmed that it had shut off power to the Read more…

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(PR Newswire) AARP: Con Ed $420 Million Rate Hike Proposal Bad News for NYC Kitchen Table Economies

PRNewswire-USNewswire –– With the harsh Northeast winter months on their way, Con Edison is looking to push residential customers’ bills even higher than the already highest-in-the-continental-U.S.-rates they currently pay. The $420 million proposed rate hike has drawn the ire of AARP, which says seniors and families – already having difficulty paying New York City’s sky Read more…

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Wall Street Journal: Gov. Cuomo Calls on Commission to Reject ConEd Rate Increases

Wall Street Journal– New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday urged the state Public Service Commission to reject Consolidated EdisonED -0.04%’s request for a rate increase in 2014, citing the company’s performance during superstorm Sandy and the recent power outage on Metro-North’s New Haven line. “It’s clear that now is not the time for Con Edison Read more…

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Wall Street Journal: ConEd Rates Turn Off Commission

Wall Street Journal — A public battle between Consolidated Edison Inc., the staff of a bipartisan state commission and Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s administration is playing out in regulatory filings—and hanging in the balance is the cost of utilities for millions of customers in 2014. ConEd is asking for $450.9 million in new revenue from customers Read more…

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PULP Files Testimony in Con Edison Rate Case, Seeking Improved Low Income Rates, Reduced Service Interruption to Collect Bills, Improved Storm Cost Recovery Measures

Con Edison filed new rates in January 2013 which were suspended by the Public Service Commission for an 11-month review and likely modification.  Con Edison requested an electric rate increase of approximately $375 million and updated the request in March to $411.9 million.  The total “delivery rate” increase requested is about 7.9%.  (Con Edison sometimes Read more…

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As Poverty Continues its Tight Grip on New York State, Utilities Increase Interruptions of Electric and Natural Gas Service to Collect Bills (New York’s Utility Project)

Poverty in New York State The 2010 New York State Poverty Report issued March 17th by the New York State Community Action Association shows that the level of poverty is virtually unchanged from last year. Because poverty is defined at the family level and not the household level, the poverty status of a household is Read more…

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