Category Archives: AARP

State pushes ahead with ESCO crackdown

  New York officials are pushing ahead with their crackdown on energy service companies despite legal headwinds. Their latest gambit: barring ESCOs from doing business with low-income people. A recap: ESCOs are the companies that send salespeople knocking on your … Continue reading

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Albany tries again on utility consumer advocate bill

  The state Assembly is trying again to set up a new agency called the Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate. The advocate would push for lower rates from Con Edison and other utilities. Spoiler alert: the bill will probably … Continue reading

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Con Edison electric customers flee energy service companies

  Con Edison electric customers are giving up on those folks who promise lower electricity bills. Energy service companies — ESCOs — lost 6.1 percent of their residential customer accounts in Con Ed’s service area from May 2014 to May 2015, … Continue reading

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No savings for you! New York consumer advocate plan faces uphill fight

  A lot is changing in how New Yorkers buy electricity, gas and communications service. About the only thing staying the same is that consumers have little say in decisions by the state Public Service Commission. Plans for a New … Continue reading

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State seeks to improve aid to New Yorkers who can’t pay utility bills

  Lots of New Yorkers can’t pay their utility bills. As of November, 1.2 million people were 60 or more days behind with Con Edison, National Grid and other utilities. Their total arrearages topped $756 million. Last year, electric and gas … Continue reading

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Albany pulling plug on plan for advocate to fight high New York utility rates

  The state Legislature isn’t doing anything this budget season to help New Yorkers stuck with some of the nation’s highest utility bills. Utility lobbying and opposition from Gov. Cuomo and Senate Republicans have blocked efforts by AARP and Senate … Continue reading

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PSC eases back-end Con Ed hike as it approves rate deal

  Members of the Public Service Commission found a way to ease the automatic rate hike Con Edison customers will face if the company decides not to seek new rates for 2016. AARP, which says its members worry about high Con … Continue reading

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Hidden hike in Con Edison deal

  AARP — which wants the state to set up a new agency to advocate for consumers on public utility issues — says there’s a rate hike stashed on the back end of Con Edison’s proposed rate freeze. See my coverage … Continue reading

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