Utility Rate Increase

— As state regulators consider National Grid’s proposed 24 percent increase in the natural gas delivery rate for Long Islanders, AARP is playing a leading role among advocates opposing the hike, calling it unaffordable for thousands of families. At three public hearings this year, AARP New York officials were sharply critical of the proposal. National Grid is seeking an additional $146 million in annual revenue from delivery rate increases in 2017. If approved, the typical residential customer would pay about $198 …

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— Are you ready for your home heating bill to go up– again? Kansas Gas Service Company, which provides service to approximately 635,000 customers in 360 Kansas communities is requesting a $28 million net base rate increase. This increase would affect the portions of a customer’s bill that relate to the delivery of natural gas by KGS. If approved, the average monthly bill for residential customers will increase $4.34 per month, an increase of 7.2 percent.  In addition, KGS is asking the …

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— By: Mark Nichols, Associate State Director Advocacy   Whether you’re a customer of Oklahoma Gas and Electric or the Public Service Company of Oklahoma, you could see significant increases in your electric bills by the end of this year. Did you know electric utilities cannot just raise your rates any time they want?  They have to go through the Corporation Commission, an elected group of three officials, who have to study and approve rate increase requests.  This means that YOU, …

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— For Immediate Release June 29, 2016 Media Contact: Jessyca Sosa, 954.646.4584, jsosa@aarp.org Miami, Fla. — AARP Florida today said that Florida Power & Light’s request of up to 12.5 percent return on investment is more about increasing the company’s profitability than FPL providing ratepayers with safe, adequate and reliable service. “AARP believes Florida Power & Light (FPL) is already making a large corporate profit,” said Zayne Smith, AARP Florida Associate State Director for Advocacy. “The facts don’t justify asking consumers …

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— Caregiving, financial resilience, utility rate hikes, and voting rights were top of the ticket issues for the 2016 Missouri General Assembly – and AARP Missouri was in the thick of it all. Whether legislation was voted up or down, AARP Missouri was fighting for members and their families on legislation that matters. Following is a menu of issues that AARP worked on during the legislative session: The CARE Act Increases to the Asset Limit Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Work …

Retired nurse-practitioner Hope Busto-Keyes of Tucson works to conserve energy in small and big ways. She’s always been into conservation and a nature lover.  Here, she walks in nature near her home.   Photo by Chis Hinkle

— By Miriam Davidson Retired nurse practitioner Hope Busto-Keyes believes in conserving energy. “I jumped on the bandwagon in the ’70s,” the Tucson resident said. “Turning the lights off, and little things like that.” Last year, as a customer of Tucson Electric Power (TEP), Busto-Keyes, 63, wrote a letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission, the state board that regulates utility companies, urging commissioners to support TEP’s plans for energy efficiency standards and customer rebate programs. Now, Busto-Keyes and other advocates worry …

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— In honor of National Volunteer Week, AARP’s Office of Volunteer Engagement is sharing stories about volunteers from across the country. In Missouri, Marvin Sands is being heralded as a Utilities Volunteer. Marvin has been volunteering with AARP for over a decade and is a 2014 graduate of AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute. Recently, he was instrumental in fighting against an unfair customer charge increase for electric customers in Independence, Missouri. Many utility companies across the country have a “customer charge,” or …

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— Kansans who are struggling to pay their electric, gas and water bills are protected from having their utilities shut off during the coldest months of the year. Under the Kansas Corporation Commission’s cold weather rule, utility companies cannot disconnect services from Nov. 1 to March 31 without giving customers notice, allowing them an opportunity to work out a payment plan and informing them about agencies that can help with paying bills. The rule also prohibits utilities from disconnecting service when …

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— Praises Governor, State Utility Regulators for Strong Action Statement by AARP NYS Director Beth Finkel: “AARP applauds Governor Cuomo and State Public Service Commission (PSC) Chair Audrey Zibelman for taking strong steps to clean up the troubled energy service company (ESCO) marketplace in New York and protect energy consumers. “The PSC’s review confirmed that ESCOs too often charge more for power than the state’s utility companies do despite high-pressure sales tactics claiming their services save consumers money – as AARP …

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— Ohioans overwhelmingly oppose the agreements under consideration by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) that would guarantee profits for older American Electric Power (AEP) and FirstEnergy power plants, according to two independent opinion polls. AARP Ohio and the Alliance for Energy Choice jointly released the opinion polling data to alert state policymakers that that they will hear from angry Ohioans if the PUCO approves charges costing households and businesses an estimated $6 billion over eight years. Earlier this week, …