— By Sarah Hollander Soon after Mary Relotto moved her 90-year-old mother into her Columbus home last fall, she realized she would need help. While family members can perform nursing tasks for a loved one at home, state regulations restrict the tasks that hired caregivers can provide. Home health aides can assume many tasks, but nurses must perform others, including the administration of medications. Relotto, a 52-year-old business consultant, said she wanted more flexible options. “If I’m the responsible party, then …

— 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 …

— By Melissa Preddy Cindy Karagosian recently upgraded to LED light bulbs throughout her three-bedroom ranch house and has been swapping energy conservation tips with friends. But the ninth-grade English teacher from Independence Township figures she could do more to trim her electric bill—she just isn’t sure where to start. The average monthly household electric tab in Michigan was $93.61 in 2015, according to the latest figures from the federal Energy Information Administration. That’s up from $58.99 a decade earlier. Michigan …

— Helping Mainers with Limited-Incomes Reduce Energy Costs AARP is partnering with Efficiency Maine to get the word out about incentives to make your home more energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable. This week we’re writing about opportunities for limited-income households, for which energy costs can be a particular burden. Incentives through Efficiency Maine’s low income program can help reduce these costs. Read on for multiple ways to upgrade your home: Are you interested in lowering heating costs and making your home …

— 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 …

— 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:   Has PA Made Progress on Addressing Alzheimers? A Capitol hearing room was packed on Wednesday, June 22 as Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne and Alzheimer’s advocates testified before the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee about …

— Most Connecticut residents will receive a significantly lower generation rate than current standard service rates for their electricity beginning July 1. The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) announced the new standard service generation rates for Eversource and United Illuminating (UI) residential customers in early March. Residential standard service rates for Eversource will decrease from 9.555 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to 6.606 cents/kWh, and for UI from 10.7358 cents/kWh to 8.0224 cents/kWh. Electric distribution companies, Eversource and United Illuminating (UI), …

—       If you’re a Westar Energy customer, are you ready to see your utility bills go up? That’s what’s going to happen if the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) grants Westar’s request for a $152 million (almost 8%) annual rate increase. Residential customers with average monthly consumption of 900 kilowatt hours of electricity would have an average monthly increase of $13. In addition, Westar is requesting a return on equity, otherwise known as shareholder profit, of 10% and an …

— On Saturday, April 18th, AARP DC  co-sponsors Horizons 2015: Uniting Energy Technology and Consumers, at the University of the District of Columbia Law School, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, D.C. from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. Consumers will learn from and connect with the service providers who are creating a new world of technology and utility service options. Horizons 2015 will inform consumers about energy and sustainability issues such as solar energy, grid modernization, distributed generation, and tools they need for tracking …

— At an emergency meeting with its Board of Directors, VI Water and Power Authority (WAPA) Executive Director Hugo Hodge, introduced a plan to take advantage of the dropping cost of propane and other fuels. The plan requested permission to re-institute its former “Hedge Program” with a few modifications. Hodge justified the request saying that “Taking advantage in the drop of propane prices will give ratepayers significant cost savings.” Traditional hedge programs allow a utility to take advantage of price drops …