utilities

Energy Rate Hike Plan Harmful to Seniors

Posted on 09/10/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy | Wisconsin Many older Wisconsinites are barely able to make ends meet each month. They dedicate themselves to conserving their home energy usage, trying to keep their bills more affordable and within their budget. But these seniors on fixed incomes could lose this control if a request from three utility companies to dramatically increase their fixed customer charges is approved by the state Public Service Commission (PSC). We can’t let that happen. Fortuantely, there’s still time to fight this rate increase before it’s approved by …

AARP Report: New York on Track for Billion-Dollar Baby Boomer Flight Problem

Posted on 09/8/2014 by | AARP New York | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Money & Work | New York | Press Contacts: David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org; Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org AARP, City & State Join with Comptroller DiNapoli, State & National Leaders to Look at 50+ Economy & Impact – Problems & Solutions to Boomer Flight Albany, New York – Baby Boomers in New York State’s workforce are set to deliver a whopping $179 billion a year to the state’s economy in their retirement – if they stick around, that is. A new AARP report out today says that 60% of working Boomers …

Telephone service changes

Posted on 09/5/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Advocacy | Colorado Over strong opposition from AARP, the Colorado Legislature passed sweeping changes as to how phone companies can do business in 2014 and beyond. These new laws — called “telecom deregulation” — may change the type of phone service available to you, how much you pay for the service, and whether you can get help from the state if you have a serious problem. Here’s what you need to know: If You Have Telephone Service – From CenturyLink or another traditional …

USVI Could be Almost Free of Fossil Fuels by the Year 2025

Posted on 09/5/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy | Virgin Islands By Paul Chakroff — August 20, 2014 This is the second in a two-part commentary on energy independence in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Part one, “Storage is a Key Piece to Make Renewable Energy Work in the V.I.,” can be read here.     I applaud WAPA and the VI Energy Office for undertaking (and the US Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs for funding) a USVI integrated energy resource plan, known as an IRP.   My support is conditioned …

Volunteers Say ‘No’ to Utility Hikes

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | California By Ray Huard Hank Povinelli is fed up with rising electric rates. “If I have to pay significantly higher electricity bills, I have to take that money from someplace else,” said Povinelli, a retired information technology executive who worked in the hospitality and casino industry. Like many retirees, Povinelli, 67, who lives in the San Fernando Valley city of Chatsworth, must get by on a fixed income. “We can’t increase our revenue. We have to manage the costs,” he said. …

Fighting for Affordable Utility Rates

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | New Jersey On the heels of power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Public Service Electric & Gas proposed a 10-year, $3.9 billion rate increase to cover the largest utility capital investment project in New Jersey history. AARP and other consumer advocates intervened, arguing the plan was too vague, too expensive and would not benefit most customers. After a year of such efforts, the state Board of Public Utilities approved a $1 billion program that protects consumers against unreasonable rates and …