— New survey results from AARP Connecticut show majority want financial disclosure and have concerns with state residents funding nuclear power plant subsidy According to a wide-ranging survey by AARP Research, a large majority of registered Connecticut voters want to ensure the state’s consumers will be protected from fully funding a proposed subsidy for a nuclear power plant that generates electricity for homes and businesses across multiple New England states. In addition, 87 percent of survey respondents feel Dominion Power – …

—     What could have been a $4.54 per month rate increase, was reduced to a $1.25 a month increase for Kansas Gas Service customers as a result of a settlement agreement approved by the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) in November. At the urging of AARP Kansas, hundreds of Kansans contacted the KCC to ask the commission not to approve the higher increase. The company had asked for a $35.4 million base rate increase, but instead received a $15.5 million …

— AARP Missouri successfully blocked a bill in 2016 that would have made consumers bear the risk of weather-related changes in utility costs. AARP members flooded their elected officials’ email inboxes and phone lines with messages opposing the legislation. Thanks to their efforts, and several state senators from both parties, the measure was defeated. But the big utilities will be back in 2017, pushing more aggressively for the same legislation. On another track, the state’s two largest utilities, Ameren and KCP&L, …

— • New survey results from AARP Connecticut also show majority support standard offer plan, have concerns with rate increases & want restrictions on provider outreach • New standard service electric rates take effect January 1, 2017 A vast majority of Connecticut registered voters are concerned about the rising costs of electricity, insufficient consumer protections around utilities and want restrictions on the provider outreach tactics, according to a recent wide-ranging survey by AARP Research. The survey results show nearly two of every three …

— AARP Connecticut State Advocacy Director John Erlingheuser provided the following statement in regards to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) decision on an electric distribution rate increase request by United Illuminating: “We are grateful that PURA took into account the public’s concern in its decision to grant UI an electric distribution increase that is nearly $40 million under what they requested,” said Erlingheuser. “However, permitting any increase adds to the financial strain and burden of Connecticut residents – which already …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …