utilities

WAPA Management Seeks OK from Board on Plan to Reduce LEAC

Posted on 01/14/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Home & Family | Money & Work | Virgin Islands At an emergency meeting with its Board of Directors, VI Water and Power Authority (WAPA) Executive Director Hugo Hodge, introduced a plan to take advantage of the dropping cost of propane and other fuels. The plan requested permission to re-institute its former “Hedge Program” with a few modifications. Hodge justified the request saying that “Taking advantage in the drop of propane prices will give ratepayers significant cost savings.” Traditional hedge programs allow a utility to take advantage of price drops …

Utility Rate Increase Hearings Scheduled

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Missouri The Missouri Public Services Commission (PSC) is holding public hearings this month on a nearly 10% rate hike requested by Ameren Missouri. Ameren, the largest electric utility in the state, has already been allowed to raise rates on customers by over $600 million – or 43% – through Fuel Adjustment Clause Surcharges. Two hearings have already been held in the St. Louis Area: one in South County and the second in Ferguson. Hundreds of consumers and AARP members attended the …

AARP Connecticut 2015 Legislative Agenda

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy | Connecticut | Press AARP Connecticut has announced its 2015 legislative advocacy agenda of key issues critical to residents 50 and older.  AARP priorities in 2015 will focus on policies that support family caregivers, allow individuals to remain independent at home, increase protections for utility consumers and enhance retirement security. “With nearly 600,000 members in Connecticut, AARP is the state’s largest advocacy organization looking out for the interests of individuals age 50 and older – a responsibility we take very seriously,” said AARP State …

Business Consultant, Administrator & Community Leader Joe Ann Vermillion Named AARP Oklahoma State President

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

About AARP | Oklahoma | Volunteering AARP Oklahoma has named business consultant, administrator and community leader Joe Ann Vermillion as its volunteer state president. Vermillion, a long-time McAlester resident, heads her own consulting firm that works with Oklahoma companies to help identify skills necessary for employees to be successful. She is former director of Kiamichi Career Technology Campus in McAlester and a past board member of the McAlester Chamber of Commerce. “Joe Ann embodies the legacy of AARP Founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who believed age …

AARP opposes First Energy request for subsidy

Posted on 01/9/2015 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Advocacy | Ohio AARP Ohio opposes an unnecessary and costly First Energy proposal, now pending before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), which would force customers to subsidize some of its power plants through a surcharge on their electric bills. The added fee would cost customers an estimated $3 billion over the next 15 years. “This is a bad deal for Ohio consumers,” said AARP staffer Bill Malcolm, who monitors utility issues in this region. “Worse, First Energy’s proposal is contrary to …

Proposed legislation a big step forward for all Florida consumers/ratepayers of regulated investor-owned utilities.

Posted on 01/8/2015 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Florida | Press Tallahassee, Fla. — AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued the following statement today strongly supporting newly announced legislation to strengthen consumer protections in state law for ratepayers receiving services from investor owned utilities: “On behalf of 2.7 million AARP members statewide, and electric utilities consumers/ratepayers of all generations, AARP Florida strongly supports the legislation announced today. It’s time for Florida to raise the bar on protecting consumers.” The legislation was announced by four legislative leaders in a Capitol news …