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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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National Grid not helping delinquent customers … National Grid rate hike criticized at L.I. hearings

National Grid not helping delinquent customers, advocate says Updated August 8, 2016 9:51 PM By Mark Harrington Rachel Burd, communications and outreach coordinator for the Public Utility Law Project of New York Inc., spoke at a public hearing Tuesday evening, July 26, 2016, at the Nassau County Legislative Chambers in Mineola. Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein National Grid has failed Read more…

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ESCOs Claim their Prices for Electric and Gas Utility Service are “Trade Secrets” that Can’t be Revealed by NY PSC

Right now, there is a quiet battle occurring out of the sight of most energy consumers in New York. The battle is between the Energy Services Company (ESCO) industry, and the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Records Access Officer (RAO), over whether or not ESCOs can keep their price information secret and out of the public Read more…

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Report Cites Need for More Consumer Protection in Solar Rooftop Deals

A new report,  “Solar Power on the Roof and in the Community: Recommendations for Consumer Protection Policies”, addresses the need for essential consumer protection policies to govern the burgeoning markets for residential rooftop solar systems and community solar projects, with particular focus upon consumer protections specific to solar lease and sale transactions, with disclosures and Read more…

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Utility Project Urges Supreme Court to Reverse Decision Impeding State Electric Power Initiatives and Not to Endorse Deregulation

On December 15, 2015, the Utility Project filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in Hughes v. PPL EneryPlus, LLC.  Questions presented include: Whether, when a seller offers to build generation and sell wholesale power on a fixed-rate contract basis, the Federal Power Act field-preempts a state order directing retail utilities to Read more…

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Utility Project Amicus Brief Urges Supreme Court Not to Approve FERC’s “Demand Response” Plan to Fix Spiking Wholesale Electricity Spot Markets with “Market-Based Rate” Payments to Retail Customers for Not Using Electricity

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2011 adopted a rule it believed would avoid or reduce price spikes by requiring wholesale electricity spot market operators, such as the NYISO, to pay large retail customers to avoid using electricity at the same “market-based rates” set for the supply of electricity.  By reducing market demand at times when the price is Read more…

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