More than three years since Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey, residents are still battling the fallout, including power companies’ demands to raise rates to repair and upgrade infrastructure. On behalf of consumers, AARP New Jersey is fighting unreasonable rate hikes.
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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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About 1.1 million utility customers in the Garden State are getting a pleasant surprise: a rate decrease.
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AARP Ohio opposed the subsidy proposed by American Electric Power, and this morning issued the following statement from Bill Sundermeyer, who leads government affairs work for AARP Ohio:
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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.
Over strong opposition from AARP, the Colorado Legislature passed sweeping changes as to how phone companies can do business in 2014 and beyond. These new laws — called “telecom deregulation” — may change the type of phone service available to you, how much you pay for the service, and whether you can get help from the state if you have a serious problem. Here’s what you need to know:
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On the heels of power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Public Service Electric & Gas proposed a 10-year, $3.9 billion rate increase to cover the largest utility capital investment project in New Jersey history.
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Right now, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is considering a request by Xcel Energy to increase the electric bills of around 1 million consumers by 12.5%
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Contacts: David Irwin dirwin@aarp.org; Erik Kriss 518-360-9213, ekriss@aarp.org  
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Are you wondering what the purchase of NV Energy by Warren Buffet’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company will mean for Nevadans? Do you want to know what the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is doing that affects your monthly electric, gas and telephone bills? 
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