utilities

Giving PSO an Open Check Book for its Flawed Smart Meter Expansion Not a Smart Idea

Posted on 07/11/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy | Oklahoma   By JOE ANN VERMILLION   AARP Oklahoma Executive Council Member       Right now, our electric company – Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) – is asking the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to approve its flawed smart meter expansion program.  They want customers like you and me to pay for their $133 million expansion, even though their own analysis fails to show their smart meter program will reduce either operational expenses or the price of electricity for customers.   …

Black Hills Requests Rate Increase for Natural Gas Customers in Kansas

Posted on 07/10/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Events | Home & Family | Kansas   Customers of Black Hills Energy may soon be paying a higher monthly bill for their natural gas.  Black Hills is asking the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to approve a rate increase that would up customers bills by $4.17 per month. “To some, that may not seem like a lot, but for those on fixed incomes like thousands of older Kansans, it can mean that they won’t be able to afford necessary food or medicine,” says AARP Kansas Director Maren …

Serie Especial de Entrevistas – Elección Candidatos a Representar el Consumidor en la Junta de Gobierno de la AEE

Posted on 07/10/2014 by | AARP Puerto Rico | Comments

Advocacy | Puerto Rico Serie Especial de Entrevistas por Notiuno 630 AM para que conozcas los candidatos a representar el consumidor en la Junta de Gobierno de la AEE Las facturas de luz injustas ponen en peligro la seguridad financiera de todos los puertorriqueños. Esto afecta en particular a los adultos mayores jubilados que cuentan con ingresos limitados, que se ven obligados a escoger entre pagar la factura o atender sus necesidades básicas, como compra de medicamentos o alimentos. Es por esta razón que …

Help Protect Consumers from Skyrocketing Electric Rates!

Posted on 06/24/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family | Pennsylvania AARP is fighting to ensure that you have continued access to affordable and stable electricity service in your home.  Right now, the Pennsylvania legislature is considering House Bill 2104 that would protect consumers from skyrocketing electric rates. Consumers statewide are still recovering from electricity rate sticker shock that slammed thousands of households across Pennsylvania. While electricity marketers attributed the crisis to a “once in a lifetime” polar vortex, we’re all still vulnerable to future rate spikes, perhaps as soon as soaring temperatures …

AARP Opposes Settlement in PSO Utility Rate Case; More than 8,000 Oklahomans Participate in Tele-Town Hall

Posted on 06/20/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy | Oklahoma More than 8,000 Oklahomans participated in a tele-town hall focused on a proposed $45 million rate increase by Public Service Company of Oklahoma. We also discussed PSO’s flawed Smart Meter expansion that will cost residential customers $133 million. AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl issued the following statement in response to a proposed settlement agreement in the rate case: “AARP opposes the current settlement because it doesn’t do enough for PSO’s residential customers. PSO shouldn’t be given an open checkbook …

AARP Nevada and “watchdogs” help avert proposed Southwest Gas surcharge

Posted on 06/18/2014 by | AARP Nevada | Comments

Advocacy | Money & Work | Nevada | Uncategorized | Volunteering In a victory for consumers across the state, AARP Nevada and hundreds of volunteers helped stop a recent proposal to bring a new surcharge to Southwest Gas customers.  The Southwest Gas proposal for Gas Infrastructure Replacement -  an accelerated replacement of aging gas lines - required extra payments from residential customers before the work was completed, or even started – the equivalent of ratepayers giving a loan to the utility company to complete its work. AARP Nevada spoke out against the surcharge, providing testimony at hearings as well as written comments to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).  Volunteer …