Category Archives: PULP

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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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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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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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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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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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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State utility watchers propose lower Con Ed gas, electric rates

  Update, Oct. 8, 2013: This story in The Wall Street Journal contains more up-to-date information and data on the rate case, including better numbers on Con Ed’s gas prices for home heating. Albany utility bureaucrats are swinging an axe … Continue reading

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Customers poorly represented in New York utility price hike cases

  When Con Ed and other utility companies go to the state for rate increases, average-Joe ratepayers are treated like little children at a big family’s Thanksgiving dinner. They’re stuck at a small table away from the turkey and dressing, … Continue reading

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