utilities

Coloradans are in danger of losing their voice

Posted on 03/23/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Advocacy Column by AARP Colorado State Director Morie Smile Since 1984, the Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel has represented ordinary consumers when utility companies attempt to raise their rates. The office has saved Coloradans an estimated $1.7 billion in energy and telecommunications rates. But now, some special interests are trying to shut down the office, and we shouldn’t allow that to happen. The seven-member OCC represents residential, small business and agricultural consumers in telecom, electric and gas cases before the state …

Public Hearing Set for KCPL Rate Hike Request

Posted on 03/20/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Money & Work       In January 2015, Kansas City Power & Light (KCP &L) filed a rate increase request with the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to increase rates by 12.5%. For an average residential customer, this increase, if approved, would result in an additional $11.67 on their electricity bill each month. The KCC is holding a public hearing on the rate increase on May 18 in the Kansas City area, and AARP Kansas encourages KCPL customers to weigh in on how the increase …

AEP customers spared $116 M in surcharges

Posted on 02/26/2015 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Advocacy AARP Ohio opposed the subsidy proposed by American Electric Power, and this morning issued the following statement from Bill Sundermeyer, who leads government affairs work for AARP Ohio: “While we disagree with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) that it has jurisdiction to allow the proposed American Electric Power (AEP) surcharge to bail out an aging coal plant, Wednesday’s order saves ratepayers $116 million by appropriately rejecting AEP’s request. We hope the Commission rejects the pending and similar FirstEnergy …

VI Ratepayers will Realize Significant Savings Soon

Posted on 02/23/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Home & Family | Money & Work The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) is making tremendous headway toward reducing the skyrocketing cost of utilities throughout the Virgin Islands. Over the last six months the utility opened two massive solar-panel farms and retrofitted several of its electrical generators so that it could take advantage of cheaper alternative fuels including liquid propane (LP) and liquid natural gas (LPG). In mid-January the utility’s Chief Executive Officer also sought authorization from his Board to re-establish the authority’s long-defunct fuel …

Noted Health Care Professional, Native American Advocate, Communications Expert & Legal Professional to Help Guide AARP Work in Oklahoma

Posted on 02/6/2015 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

AARP Oklahoma State President Joe Ann Vermillion today announced four volunteers with significant professional experience in health care, Native American outreach, communications and legal who will help guide the work of the association in the state. Mary Overall of Oklahoma City; Tewanna Edwards of Shawnee; Wayne Blackmon of Langley; and Beth Roller of Midwest City have joined the AARP Oklahoma Executive Council, Vermillion said. “AARP believes age and experience can expand possibilities,” Vermillion said. “Mary, Wayne, Beth and Tee are …

WAPA Management Seeks OK from Board on Plan to Reduce LEAC

Posted on 01/14/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

At an emergency meeting with its Board of Directors, VI Water and Power Authority (WAPA) Executive Director Hugo Hodge, introduced a plan to take advantage of the dropping cost of propane and other fuels. The plan requested permission to re-institute its former “Hedge Program” with a few modifications. Hodge justified the request saying that “Taking advantage in the drop of propane prices will give ratepayers significant cost savings.” Traditional hedge programs allow a utility to take advantage of price drops …