Category Archives: Public Service Commission

Con Edison’s business-friendly three-year rate increase

  Con Edison customers afflicted with some of the nation’s highest electricity prices will suffer more in the next three years. State regulators gave Con Edison a business-friendly rate hike at a meeting January 24. Commercial businesses will pay a … Continue reading

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National Grid NYC gas customers face three years of rate hikes

  New York City and Long Island residents who buy natural gas from National Grid face a whopper of a price hike. Consumer advocates say the increase that kicked in January 1 threatens the affordability of gas service to National … Continue reading

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Energy service companies win court battle, may lose war

  Energy service companies won their court battle against the state’s effort to effectively put them out of business. But their victory is illusory. A July 22 decision by Albany Supreme Court Justice Henry Zwack, linked here, said the Public Service … Continue reading

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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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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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National Grid wants 2017 gas price hike for NYC, LI customers

  National Grid gas customers in New York City face big rate hikes in January 2017 under a plan the company submitted January 29 to the state Public Service Commission. A typical National Grid gas heating customer in Brooklyn, Staten … Continue reading

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Con Edison seeking big rate increases in 2017

  Con Edison is looking for big rate increases from gas and electric customers starting in January 2017. In a filing January 29 with the state Public Service Commission, Con Edison proposes raising New York City residential electric bills an … Continue reading

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