— 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 …

— 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 Senate Bill 106, legislation that would create a process by which Dominion Resources would get a higher price for the same energy it currently sells on the New England wholesale competitive market through its Millstone Nuclear Power Plant in Waterford. “AARP is disappointed in the Energy and Technology Committee vote. Many advocacy organizations have expressed concerns about …

— A utility scam is reaching record levels in some parts of the country this season. Fraudsters call homeowners, claiming that their gas or electric account is delinquent and threaten to shut off the service if payment is not immediate. The scammers typically ask for payment with a prepaid debit card. While more consumers are recognizing this as a scam, the callers can be very convincing. Know that your utility company will not call and threaten to shut off your service, …

— AARP Connecticut will testify to members of the Connecticut Energy and Technology Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 7, on reasons the state legislature should not pass S.B 106, a bill providing special deals or subsidies to Dominion Resources for the Millstone Nuclear Power Station. Virginia-based Dominion Resources, operator of the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Connecticut, says the plant is unprofitable and is seeking legislation to compensate for the losses. They claim the request is not for a ratepayer subsidy, but …

— Dominion Resources, the private energy company in Virginia that operates the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Connecticut, has told our legislators that the plant is unprofitable. As a result, Dominion is seeking legislation to compensate for the losses. They claim the request is not for a ratepayer subsidy, but rather allow them to compete for state power contracts with Eversource and United Illuminating The use of the phrase “competes for a state contract” is misleading. Dominion currently competes against other …

— Public Service Co. of Colorado, owned by Xcel Energy, is proposing a new energy initiative designed to impose significant costs on ratepayers and implement policies that are not in the best interest of consumers. Xcel also is seeking to have customers pay for a $500 million plan to install new meters on every home and small business in its Colorado service area. AARP commissioned a white paper about this issue. Click here. The utility – the state’s largest electricity provider – …