Category Archives: Deregulation

Fed up state regulators end energy service companies’ ripoffs

  Say goodbye to the energy service companies that promise a deal on your home’s Con Edison bill: New York regulators say they’re a ripoff, and will effectively shut them down. It’s a big move by the state Public Service … 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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Con Edison wants to own renewable electric generation

  Let us back in, Con Edison says. New York’s push to spread the use of renewable electricity is giving Con Ed an opening to argue that it should dip its toes in the power generating business regulators forced it … Continue reading

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Con Edison customers buy more power at higher prices

  Despite rising prices, Con Edison customers have been using more and more electricity over the last two decades. The trend ought to please Con Ed shareholders. But it’s tough on New Yorkers’ wallets. Here’s one reason your Con Ed … Continue reading

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Sunny days ahead for solar electricity in New York

  Alternative energy isn’t a big part of the electric power mix in New York. Renewables like solar, wind, and biomass account for just 6.5 percent of the electricity generated in the state. The US Energy Information Administration says natural … Continue reading

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PSC looking to update regulation of New York energy markets

  In an order that uses the word “paradigm” in the very first paragraph, New York utility regulators are trying to figure out if they’re taking the right approach to new technology for delivering gas and electricity. If nothing else, … Continue reading

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State finally requiring public electricity and gas price data

  It’s been 18 years since New York embarked on its policy of giving consumers a choice of electricity and gas suppliers – and only now is the state planning to offer a reliable way to compare prices among different … Continue reading

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Consumers buy unproven ESCO claims of cheap rates

  Energy service companies are on a roll in New York — even though the only thorough study ever done of their pricing shows they cost consumers a lot of money. The companies — known as ESCOs — have a … Continue reading

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New PSC chair believes in consumer electric choice

  New York’s new Public Service Commission chair will continue the state policy of relying on the free market to keep residential electricity prices affordable. Improving the retail energy market will be a top priority, PSC chair Audrey Zibelman told … Continue reading

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Deregulation disaster II: New Yorkers cheated by electricity market manipulation and pricing oddities

  One reason utility deregulation has cost New Yorkers big money: It’s established a new class of middlemen who zap millions from ratepayers’ pockets. Your electric bill contains clues to how the system works. For decades before deregulation, you bought … Continue reading

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