— Hearing into Deceptive Marketing Practices, Overcharges Can Now Move Forward ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP released the following statement by AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel on today’s decision by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) to reject a request by an energy service company (ESCO) trade group to delay the upcoming evidentiary hearing phase of the Commission’s ongoing ESCO proceedings (case number 15-M-0127): “AARP applauds today’s decision by the PSC to reject a request to halt upcoming …

— AARP Connecticut, the state’s largest consumer advocacy organization representing nearly 600,000 members in Connecticut, released the following statement from John Erlingheuser, state advocacy director, regarding Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s Executive Order No.59, which orders the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to conduct a public resource assessment of the economic viability for the continued operation of the Millstone nuclear facilities. “AARP Connecticut applauds Governor Malloy’s Executive Order that directs DEEP and PURA …

— AARP has filed a letter urging state administrative law judges to reject the latest maneuverings by New York’s Energy Service Company industry to continue delaying a state inquiry into their deceptive marketing practices and false promises of savings. AARP and the Public Utility Law Project of New York (PULP) also encouraged consumers to avoid signing up with energy service companies (ESCOs) in the interim. “AARP is urging its members and all New Yorkers to refrain from signing contracts with ESCOs …

— Dominion Resources, owners of the Millstone nuclear power plant in Connecticut, has decided to resort to scare tactics in response to a story by the Connecticut Mirror that there is a lack of state legislative support for a bill that would provide the Virginia-based company with a special, ratepayer-subsidized, deal (Senate Bill 106). The legislation, as presented in public statements, would reclassify the power generated by the plant as renewable fuel, allowing Dominion to undercut the cost of other renewable …

— By Melissa Preddy Cindy Karagosian recently upgraded to LED light bulbs throughout her three-bedroom ranch house and has been swapping energy conservation tips with friends. But the ninth-grade English teacher from Independence Township figures she could do more to trim her electric bill—she just isn’t sure where to start. The average monthly household electric tab in Michigan was $93.61 in 2015, according to the latest figures from the federal Energy Information Administration. That’s up from $58.99 a decade earlier. Michigan …

— By Christina Hernandez Sherwood When Superstorm Sandy struck New Jersey in October 2012 and power was out for a week in West Orange, Robert Rashkes depended on his copper wire landline phone service to get automated updates from the mayor. Rashkes, 58, a retired internal auditor, relayed those updates to neighbors whose fiber optic landline service went out with the electricity. “It showed us the importance of the copper wire,” Rashkes said. Two months later, he joined the inaugural class …

— Settlement with LG&E and Kentucky Utilities a Big Win for Kentuckians Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Rate Intervention settlement with LG&E and KU to save Kentuckians $90 million annually – $33.2 million of that for residential ratepayers. In response to Attorney General Andy Beshear’s announcement that the Office of Rate Intervention has entered into a settlement with LG&E and KU, AARP Kentucky released the following statement by volunteer State President Charlotte Whittaker. “The bottom line is this settlement with LG&E and …

— From ensuring health care access and affordable utilities to fighting fraud and supporting veterans, AARP Michigan advocates on policy issues that matter the most to Michigan residents age 50 and over and their families. AARP staff and volunteers work on both state and federal legislative issues. In our state legislative advocacy efforts, AARP relies on more than 200 AARP Michigan volunteers, a state office headquartered in Lansing, and our 1.4 million Michigan members. Each year, AARP Michigan publishes its State …

—   Kentucky’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is in the process of making important decisions about the cost of your electric and gas bills. KU and LG&E are asking the Kentucky Public Service Commission to allow them to raise your utility rates — doubling your monthly basic service charge from $10.75 to $22. Kentuckians can’t afford another big LG&E/KU rate request. AARP Kentucky believes it’s unfair and too costly for customers. You can help stop this expensive rate increase. The Kentucky …

— You’d think it would be simple, but choosing a light bulb can be challenging because there are so many options at the store. This week, Efficiency Maine is providing information on how to choose a bulb and calculate lighting savings if you upgrade to a high-efficiency product. The most common types of bulbs include incandescent, halogen, compact fluorescents (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Here’s how the most common types of bulbs compare: Choosing the right color or bulb color temperature is …