Category Archives: consumer advocacy

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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Verizon landline customers fund mobile and FiOS networks, consumer group claims

  Verizon has wrongly overcharged its traditional phone customers and spent the cash building out its FiOS and mobile networks, a consumer group alleges. The allegations — outlined in this New York Post story — might lead to lawsuits or … Continue reading

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New York ESCO crackdown challenged in court

  Energy service companies — better known as ESCOs — are waging a court battle over their right to stay in business in New York. A state Supreme Court judge in Albany on March 4 stayed a Public Service Commission … 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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Con Edison wants big electric rate increase

  Con Edison wants a big electric rate increase in January 2016. It filed with the New York Public Service Commission on January 30 for a one-year rate hike it says will boost electric charges an average 3.2 percent. What … 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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More Con Edison customers have a hard time paying up

  More and more Con Edison customers are having a hard time paying their bills, say critics of the company’s proposed deal with state regulators to freeze its gas and electric delivery rates. As of the end of September, 271,975 … Continue reading

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