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AARP Calls on Public Service Commission to Reject Smart Meters
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By Dana Kennedy, AARP AZ State Director
In true Pennsylvania Dutch fashion, there was a smorgasbord of activity in Harrisburg this week while the legislature was in session and were negotiating the state budget with Governor Wolf. Here is a recap of some notable issues that could impact Pennsylvanians age 50 and older:
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It isn’t bad enough that two million Ohioans who receive Social Security checks have been denied a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for the year ahead after being told the higher prices they are paying for food and medicine don’t count as inflation. Now they might have to endure a hike in their electric bills, too, just in time for colder weather and the holidays.
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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.
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Thousands of Pennsylvanians who endured last winter’s polar vortex got hit with another chilling blow: electricity bills as high as 600 percent of the average consumer’s monthly cost.
American Electric Power—which operates Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power—has asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia to approve a $226 million rate hike to improve infrastructure and recover from storm damage. The rate hike could raise monthly bills by 17 percent on average for about 477,000 customers in 24 counties.
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AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan released the following statement regarding final passage of Senate Bill 2 in the Connecticut House of Representatives today:
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We believe utilities should be affordable, reliable and fair. That's why we're fighting for you, and all Connecticut residents, to protect your hard-earned dollars and enact stronger consumer protections.  If you have a consumer complaint about your electric or telephone service, the actions of an electricity supplier, or other concern, please share your story with us.  Your input will be used to help shape the future of consumer protections for utility customers in Connecticut.  You can also sign up to receive alerts and information from AARP Connecticut so you can take action on these and other issues important to you when your voice can make a difference.  If you'd like to speak to soneone at AARP, please call us toll-free at 866-295-7279.  Find additional consumer resources below.
As the temperature drops and heating costs rise in Wisconsin, chances are you or someone you know may be eligible for assistance. The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) helps approximately 225,000 eligible households pay a portion of their home heating and electric costs annually. The amount of the energy assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size, income, and energy costs.  
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