Utilities slated to request rate hikes in 2017.

— As AARP Missouri looks ahead to the 2017 Missouri legislative session, several rate hike proposals by the state’s monopoly utilities are staring us in the face. Starting this month, Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) will have public hearings on their rate case to raise rates by an average of $9.00 per month for each residential customer. A similar proposal by Ameren Missouri will hold public hearings in January. Hearing dates are noted below for December KCP&L hearings and customers …

— ALBANY, N.Y. – New York utility consumers have a nearly billion-dollar ESCO problem. New Yorkers who signed up with an energy service company (ESCO) paid nearly $820 million more for their power than if they had stayed with their local utility company during the 30-month period ending June 30, 2016, according to the state’s official utility regulating body. Today the NYS Public Service Commission stated that after considerable experience with energy service to mass market customers by ESCOs, it has …

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— 11/23 SCAM ALERT You might get a call from someone who says they are from your utility company, telling you your bill is overdue, and if you don’t pay up, your power will be shut off.  They want the money fast, usually through untraceable payment cards or a wire transfer. It’s a scam!  You should know that utility company representatives won’t demand instant payment over the phone.  Written notice is always provided to customers in arrears, usually through multiple late …

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— AARP Provides Unbiased Information About Contenders Vying for Votes from State’s Most Powerful Voting Bloc: the 50+ AARP New York has released 2016 Voter Guides for key State Senate races to provide New Yorkers unbiased information on where the candidates stand on issues important to the 50+. The guides provide the candidates’ positions in their own words on helping New Yorkers save for retirement, protecting utility consumers, supporting family caregivers and making communities age-friendly. Voters 50 and older accounted for …

Michael Link, 65, of Columbus, worries about the prospect of higher power bills. Photo by Maddie McGarvey

— By Sarah Hollander Every high electric bill that lands in Michael Link’s mailbox means a potential cut to his budget elsewhere. “I’m pretty fortunate that I can meet my basic needs, but still, there’s always that bucket list,” said the retired Social Security Administration manager. A $168 bill for his Columbus town house after a steamy summer month, for example, may mean fewer visits to out-of-town relatives. “You make your choices with the funds you have.” Link, 65, isn’t the …

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— In the last legislature, the state’s monopoly utility companies were working the halls of the capitol trying to raise rates on Missourians.  AARP Missouri fought back and won.  Even now, these same companies are arguing in front of the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) to try to raise rates through regulation – and AARP Missouri is there, fighting for you.  For years, monopoly utility companies in Missouri have had bill paying stations located on-site at predatory payday lenders.  It was …

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 …