— AARP New York Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy David McNally issued the following statement today in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s expected designation of John Rhodes as the new chairman of the utility-regulating State Public Service Commission (PSC) and the filling of vacancies to the five-member commission. The State Senate last night confirmed Mr. Rhodes, Jim Alesi and Philip Wilcox as new PSC commissioners and re-confirmed Diane Burman for an additional term: “AARP looks forward to working with new …

— Settlement with LG&E and Kentucky Utilities a Big Win for Kentuckians Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Rate Intervention settlement with LG&E and KU to save Kentuckians $90 million annually – $33.2 million of that for residential ratepayers. In response to Attorney General Andy Beshear’s announcement that the Office of Rate Intervention has entered into a settlement with LG&E and KU, AARP Kentucky released the following statement by volunteer State President Charlotte Whittaker. “The bottom line is this settlement with LG&E and …

— In the last legislature, the state’s monopoly utility companies were working the halls of the capitol trying to raise rates on Missourians.  AARP Missouri fought back and won.  Even now, these same companies are arguing in front of the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) to try to raise rates through regulation – and AARP Missouri is there, fighting for you.  For years, monopoly utility companies in Missouri have had bill paying stations located on-site at predatory payday lenders.  It was …

— By Dan Tracy Harold and Joyce Salomon have been customers of Florida Power & Light (FPL) since they retired to Coral Springs 20 years ago. They oppose its request for a $1.3 billion rate increase that would be phased in over four years starting in January. “They are doing excellently,” Harold Salomon said of FPL’s finances. “They don’t need an increase.” Salomon, 79, a retired air-conditioning engineer, has owned FPL stock for years and tracks the performance of the utility’s …

— Por Dan Tracy Harold y Joyce Salomon han sido clientes de Florida Power & Light (FPL) desde que se jubilaron y se mudaron a Coral Springs hace 20 años. Se oponen a la solicitud de la empresa para que le aprueben un aumento de tarifa de $1,300 millones ($1.3 billion) que se implementaría progresivamente durante cuatro años a partir de enero. “Les está yendo de maravilla”, dijo Harold Salomon sobre las finanzas de FPL. “No necesitan un aumento”. Salomon, de …

— By Hilary Appelman As secretary-treasurer of the Windfall United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, the Gideons Auxiliary and the Windfall Grange, Marjorie Pratt makes a lot of phone calls—whether to line up contributions for Grange pancake and dairy suppers, to let parishioners know that church services have been canceled or to check in on friends. “It’s absolutely vital,” the retired postal clerk said about her landline phone. “We have no other means of communication.” Pratt, 77, said the closest place she …

— Just turning on the lights could be much more expensive if some utility companies in Wisconsin have their way. Northern States Power Company (commonly referred to as Xcel) wants to more than double the fixed electrical charge on your utility bill each month and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPS) is asking to increase it by over 30%. This is the fee you pay before using any electricity at all. Many people lower their bills each month by turning off lights …

— American Electric Power—which operates Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power—has asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia to approve a $226 million rate hike to improve infrastructure and recover from storm damage. The rate hike could raise monthly bills by 17 percent on average for about 477,000 customers in 24 counties. AARP opposes the increase. About 42 percent of West Virginians age 45-plus use only electricity to heat their homes, and 58 percent are very or extremely concerned about …

Utility Meter Dials

— In a proposal rejected by the state Public Service Commission (PSC), Missouri Gas Energy wanted to raise a fixed monthly charge from $28.10 to $40.95 during the coldest winter months and drop it to $26.88 in warmer months. AARP and other consumer advocates challenged the plan, saying it would provide little incentive for conservation and would make small households using less energy pay proportionately more. The fee is the same for all residential customers and is added to the cost …

— When the Alabama Public Service Commission recently approved a new rate structure for Alabama Power — by a 2-to-1 vote —  AARP began calling for the PSC to show us the numbers. The two commissioners voting for the new plan, Twinkle  Cavanaugh and Jeremy Oden, claimed it would result in lower power bills for Alabama Power customers. Terry Dunn disagreed, voting against the new plan, and said it might even raise power bills for hardworking Alabama families. AARP agreed with …