— AARP Colorado is deeply concerned about the proposal by Xcel, Black Hills and others to join the Little Rock-based Southwest Power Pool (SPP), which would turn over most regulatory authority to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The utility companies, known as the Mountain West Group, include Xcel (Public Service Company of Colorado), Black Hills, the Western Area Power Administration and Colorado Springs Utilities. The push to join the Arkansas SPP seems to be rushed and counterintuitive because the SPP …

— Eversource Energy – Connecticut’s largest utility provider delivering electricity to 1.2 million customers – is seeking approval to implement a significant rate increase that will raise the cost of energy for Connecticut ratepayers by nearly $1 billion over three years. Based on their formal submission to the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), Eversource is requesting approval to raise distribution rates by approximately $255.8 million for calendar year 2018, an additional $45 (totaling $300.8 million) for 2019 and additional $36 …

— The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) have concluded that the Millstone Nuclear Power plant will be profitable through the year 2035, (Docket # 17-07-32). Dominion Energy, owner and operator of the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant in Waterford, is asking the state for a special deal that would cause you to pay more for electricity and result in bigger profits for Dominion. Dominion has refused full disclose of their finances. Based …

— The Federal Communications Commission last month repealed net neutrality, which were the rules that regulated businesses that connect all of us to the internet. By doing this, the FCC is adding a toll road to internet broadband, allowing fixed and mobile internet providers to treat some programs preferentially. Other providers and consumers could pay more for their offerings. In 2015, the FCC found broadband to be a regulated telecom service – similar to other utilities – that must treat all …

— CenturyLink, a telecommunications company serving nearly 30,000 Wyoming households, has petitioned the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC) to deregulate landline service in the state. If it is approved, residential customers who now pay, on average, $23 per month for landline service could face higher bills or be forced to move to a more expensive wireless plan. AARP Wyoming opposes the move, which could leave older residents without a reliable way to connect with family members and friends. AARP is joined …

— 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 …