— Move to Force ESCOs to Reveal Data is Unprecedented in Recent Times; Consumer Groups Praise Governor Cuomo, Regulators ALBANY, N.Y. – State utility regulators with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s support are right to force energy service companies (ESCOs) to put their cards on the table about consumer pricing, and AARP and the Public Utility Law Project praised the Public Service Commission today for taking a step unprecedented in recent decades: issuing sweeping subpoenas to ESCOs. Numerous ESCOs have refused to provide …

— AARP, PULP: Fill Three Vacancies on Five-Member Regulatory Body with Consumer Champions to Keep Fighting for ESCO Customers ALBANY, N.Y. – As New York utility regulators opened a major case today to investigate additional crackdowns on energy service companies (ESCOs), AARP called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to appoint consumer champions to fill three upcoming vacancies on the five-member Public Service Commission to keep up the fight against the industry’s deceptive marketing practices and high prices. The need is urgent, since …

— PSC’s and Governor’s Leadership Will Protect Consumers NEW YORK, New York – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel and Public Utility Law Project (PULP) Executive Director Richard Berkley issued the following joint statement today in response to the state Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Order prohibiting retail energy service companies (ESCOs) from serving low-income customers across New York State: “AARP and PULP strongly support the Public Service Commission’s Order today prohibiting ESCOs from serving the low-income consumer marketplace. “We also …

— PSC Wrong to Saddle NYC Ratepayers With All Superfund Cleanup Costs NEW YORK, New York – AARP New York, the Public Utility Law Project (PULP) and elected officials from New York City reacted to today’s state Public Service Commission approval of a natural gas delivery rate hike exceeding $321 million for National Grid’s Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island customers – amounting to an increase of over 50% compounded over the three years of the plan – and exceeding $191 million …

— As state regulators consider National Grid’s proposed 24 percent increase in the natural gas delivery rate for Long Islanders, AARP is playing a leading role among advocates opposing the hike, calling it unaffordable for thousands of families. At three public hearings this year, AARP New York officials were sharply critical of the proposal. National Grid is seeking an additional $146 million in annual revenue from delivery rate increases in 2017. If approved, the typical residential customer would pay about $198 …

— Groups Ask PSC to Detail Methodology to Determine Impact on Ratepayers of $8 Billion Nuclear Subsidy Plan at Sept. 13 Workshop ALBANY, New York – Citing a lack of transparency, AARP and the Public Utility Law Project of New York (PULP) today asked state utility regulators to detail how they arrived at an estimated $2 per month bill impact on the average New York utility consumer resulting from the clean energy plan approved last month to subsidize upstate nuclear power …

— 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 …

— Urge Consumers to Wait Until Courts Rule on New Regulations ALBANY, New York – AARP and the Public Utilities Law Project (PULP) today urged New York consumers not to sign a contract with any energy service company (ESCO) unless the company can prove it will save the consumer money and document that proof with the state Public Service Commission (PSC). AARP and PULP are urging consumer caution while the courts come to a resolution on whether to allow new consumer …

— Praises Governor, State Utility Regulators for Strong Action Statement by AARP NYS Director Beth Finkel: “AARP applauds Governor Cuomo and State Public Service Commission (PSC) Chair Audrey Zibelman for taking strong steps to clean up the troubled energy service company (ESCO) marketplace in New York and protect energy consumers. “The PSC’s review confirmed that ESCOs too often charge more for power than the state’s utility companies do despite high-pressure sales tactics claiming their services save consumers money – as AARP …

— As utility companies continue to ask the state Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve rate hikes, AARP Missouri is asking that customer charges be capped. These monthly fixed fees—included in every residential customer’s bill—disproportionately penalize those who use little electricity. In 2015, Kansas City Power & Light asked to increase its customer charge to $25, up from $9, and to raise rates 15.8 percent overall. Consumer advocates and volunteers objected at public hearings, and their comments helped whittle the increases …