4 States

— AARP Calls on Public Service Commission to Reject Smart Meters Kentucky Utilities Co. and Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (KU/LG&E) seeks permission from the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to install some 1.3 million smart meters over the next four years. On behalf of its 470,000 members in Kentucky, AARP Kentucky’s Public Comments ask the Public Service Commission to reject the proposed smart meter request by KU/LG&E Case: 2018-00005. AARP appreciates this opportunity to comment on the latest proposal of Louisville Gas and Electric …

— AARP Connecticut submitted the below comments to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) as well as Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) regarding the Millstone  subsidization. PROCUREMENT FOR ZERO-CARBON RESOURCES PURSUANT TO CONNECTICUT GENERAL STATUTES – 16a-3m COMMENT OF AARP ON DRAFT RFP July 20, 2018 Pursuant to its June 22, 2018, Notice of Opportunity for Comment on the Department’s draft Notice of Request for Proposals from Private Developers for Zero-Carbon Energy of the same date, AARP respectfully submits these comments. AARP, …

— Thousands of residential customers of Indianapolis Power & Light Co. (IPL) have cause to celebrate. A major rate-case settlement has just been announced and it means significantly lower-than-requested increases and a price freeze on a particularly onerous customer charge. The settlement, which is pending approval by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), will hold a fixed monthly residential customer charge for most customers at the current $17 level. IPL had sought a 62% increase in the charge to $27 a …

— The Colorado Public Utilities Commission upheld the recommended decision of Administrative Law Judge Conor Farley in the Xcel gas rate case, which lowers what the company, also known as Public Service Company of Colorado, can bill consumers for natural gas. The July 12 ruling supports the advocacy in the case by AARP on behalf of its nearly 700,000 Colorado members, as well as all older adults and their families. “The decision is a win for consumers,” said Bill Levis, AARP lead …

— AARP Colorado is pleased to report its 2018 legislative activities. All bills referenced below were signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper unless otherwise noted. Visit our bill list for more information:  http://coloradocapitolwatch.com/bill-analysis/4714/2018/0/.   AARP’s involvement in reforms to Colorado Public Employees Retirement Plan Bill: Senate Bill 18-200. Sponsors: Sens. Kevin Priola and Jack Tate and Reps. Dan Pabon and K.C. Becker. Status: The bill passed on the final day of the legislative session and was signed into law by Gov. John …

— Association Urges ‘Sur-credit’ to Ratepayers Returning Utility Company Savings from Federal Tax Reform; Calls on Consumers to Make Voices Heard ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today following AARP’s submission of official comments to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) on the PSC staff’s proposal for utility ratepayer relief resulting from this year’s federal corporate tax rate reduction: “New York’s overburdened utility consumers deserve to see, in their pockets as …

— It’s official: OG&E rates are going down. On June 19, officials with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission accepted a settlement agreement reached between OG&E and state regulators for a historic rate decrease. Response from AARP Oklahoma: AARP Oklahoma applauds the Corporation Commissioners for swiftly accepting the settlement agreement negotiated between AARP Oklahoma, the Attorney General’s Office and other parties attached to the agreement. This means OG&E customers will benefit from this reduction in July when people need it the most. “As …

— Westar Energy customers living in Wichita will have a chance to ask questions and find out more information about the company’s latest proposed rate increase request.  The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) has scheduled a public hearing on Thursday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. in Wichita to receive input from Westar Energy customers on the company’s request. The public hearing will be held at Wichita State University’s Lowe Auditorium located at 5015 E. 29th St. N. in Wichita. Attendees will have the opportunity …

— South Carolinians go to the polls this month to vote in primary elections for governor, lieutenant governor and other statewide offices. Do you know where the gubernatorial hopefuls stand on issues important to people 50 and older? AARP South Carolina hosted a forum in February attended by six of the eight candidates for governor. Questions included how to help more workers in the state save for retirement, how to keep utilities affordable and how to help more people age at …

— AARP Colorado today commended a decision to potentially spare 1.4 million Xcel Energy natural gas customers the possibility of paying excessive rate hikes and unnecessary surcharges. An administrative law judge for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission agreed with AARP that Xcel should not be allowed to raise rates automatically every year without filing a separate rate case. Conor F. Farley, the judge in the May 11 decision, also reduced Xcel’s request for a 10 percent return on equity to 9.35 …