— Are you tired of rising natural gas and electric utility rates? Join AARP Arkansas for a free Lunch and Learn on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Hot Springs Village. Hear the latest news about utility rates and utility assistance programs. A special guest from the Arkansas Attorney General’s office will share expertise on the issue, and AARP Arkansas will share information about our efforts to keep utility rates affordable. What: 2017 Rising Utility Rates Lunch and Learn When: Friday, Dec. …

— Worried about keeping the heat on? AARP Pennsylvania reminds members and their families that utility companies statewide are required to provide customer assistance programs. Individuals with monthly income up to $1,508 and couples with up to $2,030 may be eligible. For information, call the number on your electric or natural gas bill and ask specifically about the customer assistance program. For a list of utility hotlines, click here. If you don’t get a response or have a complaint, call the …

— When state lawmakers return to Topeka in January for the 2018 legislative session, AARP Kansas staff and volunteers will be on hand to advocate for issues important to Kansans 50 and older. The AARP state office’s legislative agenda will focus on long-term care, utilities and elder abuse. Financial abuse, for example, costs older Americans more than $2.9 billion per year. AARP Kansas is recruiting volunteers to get involved in these issues. Advocacy volunteers will contact state legislators and members of …

— 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 Governor Dannel P. Malloy signing Senate Bill 1501, An Act Concerning Zero Carbon Procurement, which was approved last week by the Connecticut General Assembly. “AARP is disappointed Governor Malloy signed the Millstone Bill (SB1501), especially in light of Dominion’s refusal to confidentially provide regulators with the vital information concerning their financial health, which is the impetus …

— 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 the close passage of a bill providing a special deal to Millstone Nuclear Power Plant by the Connecticut House of Representatives. “AARP Connecticut is disappointed in the legislature’s decision that could cost Connecticut ratepayers an additional $300 million a year for energy, which is already the highest in the country. We call on Governor Malloy to …

— Local governments throughout California are forming community-owned agencies that operate Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs to deliver cleaner, competitively priced electricity to their customers through the existing utility. Each CCE is governed locally, partnering with the current utility to deliver electricity over existing lines, maintain the lines, send bills, respond to power outages and provide customer service. The only change that customers may see is an additional line on their bill with the name of their new CCE and their …

— 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 …