utilities

Raise Your Voice Before They Raise Your Rates

Posted on 08/26/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy Just turning on the lights could be much more expensive if some utility companies in Wisconsin have their way. Northern States Power Company (commonly referred to as Xcel) wants to more than double the fixed electrical charge on your utility bill each month and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPS) is asking to increase it by over 30%. This is the fee you pay before using any electricity at all. Many people lower their bills each month by turning off lights …

House Bill Will Protect Landline Phone Service in Rural Markets

Posted on 08/24/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy AARP Pennsylvania today testified at a hearing of the PA House of Representatives Consumer Affairs Committee to support HB 1417, that will protect landline telephone service for consumers in the state’s rural communities by extending funding for the Universal Service Fund until the end of 2021. HB 1417 extends the Universal Service Fund until the end of 2021 and requires a Public Utility Commission investigation of how the Fund should function in the future. AARP believes this offers the right …

AARP: Help Low-Income Utility Customers, But Not on Backs of Other Struggling NYers

Posted on 08/24/2015 by | AARP New York | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Money & Work | Press PSC Should Make Big Users Pay Fair Share ALBANY, New York – Middle class New Yorkers on moderate or fixed incomes shouldn’t have to pay as much as the state’s biggest commercial and industrial energy users to finance assistance for low-income utility customers, AARP argues in comments to state utility regulators. AARP supports the aim of a state Public Service Commission (PSC) proposal to provide additional assistance to low-income New Yorkers struggling to afford some of the highest utility costs …

Customers to Pay More if Utility Companies Get Their Way

Posted on 08/20/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy | Uncategorized  The cost of electricity is a big concern to most Pennsylvanians.  As a state which has de-regulated its electric generation service, consumers may choose which company provides the electricity that runs your appliances and turns on your lights.  But electric distribution service, the wires and poles that bring electricity to your home, is still regulated by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).  Changes to both sides of the electric utility equation are being considered which could impact your electric bill. …

Westar Wants to Raise Rates — Again!

Posted on 07/14/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Community | Events | Livable Communities | Local Resources       If you’re a Westar Energy customer, are you ready to see your utility bills go up? That’s what’s going to happen if the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) grants Westar’s request for a $152 million (almost 8%) annual rate increase. Residential customers with average monthly consumption of 900 kilowatt hours of electricity would have an average monthly increase of $13. In addition, Westar is requesting a return on equity, otherwise known as shareholder profit, of 10% and an …

Proposals to Increase Monthly Fixed Charges on Electricity Bills Discourage Conservation and Unfairly Penalize Low Income Consumers

Posted on 06/19/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy Recent proposals by Pennsylvania’s two largest electric companies to substantially boost fixed monthly charges for consumers would hurt low-usage and low-income customers the most, many of whom are living on fixed incomes and are struggling to pay for food, rent, medicine, and utility bills. At hearings before the Public Utility Commission in Harrisburg, Allentown and Philadelphia this month, AARP volunteers told a PUC judge that proposals by PPL and PECO to significantly increase their fixed monthly customer charges are unfair …