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2015 Horizons Energy Summit

Posted on 04/13/2015 by | AARP Washington DC | Comments

Advocacy | AGE-FRIENDLY | Community | Fraud On Saturday, April 18th, AARP DC  co-sponsors Horizons 2015: Uniting Energy Technology and Consumers, at the University of the District of Columbia Law School, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, D.C. from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. Consumers will learn from and connect with the service providers who are creating a new world of technology and utility service options. Horizons 2015 will inform consumers about energy and sustainability issues such as solar energy, grid modernization, distributed generation, and tools they need for tracking …

AARP Appoints Transition Team in Ohio

Posted on 04/8/2015 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Press AARP Regional Vice President Rawle Andrews Jr. announced that, after a long and successful career driving positive social change for AARP members and Ohio residents of all ages, Ohio State Director Jane Taylor is retiring effective April 13, 2015. In thanking and wishing Jane well on her “What’s Next”, Andrews closed by stating, “With Jane’s departure, AARP Ohio’s Manager of State Operations Tamara James will step in as interim State Director, and Luke Russell, AARP Ohio’s Associate State Director for …

Keep the Heat On

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Finances 50+ | Home & Family This year the state Public Service Commission announced it will review low-income assistance programs with an eye toward reducing the incidence of utility shut-offs due to unpaid bills. The commission said it has long recognized—as stated in the New York State Constitution—that the “aid, care and support of the needy are public concerns.” AARP welcomed the move but is asking the commission “to cast a wider net to help middle-income residents as well,” said Bill Ferris, AARP associate state director …

Electric Rates: Price Relief on the Way

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work Virgin Islanders pay as much as five times the average U.S. rate for electricity, but the price is on its way down, providing relief for people on fixed incomes. Some older residents have been using candles at night to save on energy costs. The territory traditionally has relied on imported crude oil to generate electricity. Recent moves to develop alternative energy sources have brought down the price, however, and consumer advocates expect the trend to continue. AARP Virgin Islands is …

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 …