PSC Reinforces Consumer Protections in ESCO Services Market Through Moratorium and Program Restructuring
Low-income customers are particularly vulnerable to energy costs and price gouging. As we first reported in our July 29, 2016 blog post on this matter, the New York Public Service Commission (Commission) continues to take steps to strengthen protections for low-income customers from energy service companies (ESCOs) that attempt to provide electric and gas services at higher rates than utilities.
The New York State Department of Public Service Staff recently filed a proposed settlement (the “Joint Proposal”) in Consolidated Edison’s 2016 rate case. The Joint Proposal represents an agreement between more than twenty parties, including the Pace Energy and Climate Center, the City of New York, Staff, non-profit organizations, and businesses, on Con Ed's rates and revenue requirements for 2017-2019.
The Pace Energy and Climate Center joined the Natural Resources Defense Council, Acadia Center, and the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. today in a joint statement hailing the energy efficiency programs proposed in Consolidated Edison of New York's 2017 to 2019 electric rates plan.
August 1, 2016
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The Energy Service Company (ESCO) program for low and moderate-income households has long been a source of concern. After consumers filed numerous complaints, the New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) in Case 12-M-0476, instituted proceedings to investigate the ESCO market.
On Monday, June 13, 2016 Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signed into law Senate Bill 260 (Act 174). This bill addresses regional and town energy planning improvements that will enhance community input into the siting of energy projects. Legislators finalized S.260, after Gov.
April 8, 2016
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Pace Energy and Climate Center Applauds Issuance of Clean Energy Standard
Cost Study, Demonstration of Net Program Benefits
It is no secret that the future of our energy markets revolves around renewables. The old system of large centralized fossil fuel power plants is not conducive to the environment or the future of our economic growth. Increasingly, energy consumers are taking matters into their own hands and installing rooftop solar and other distributed generation at their homes and businesses—simultaneously reducing their dependence on fossil fuels and lowering their energy costs.
The Northeast has long been a leader in clean energy and climate action. The New York State Energy Plan establishes an aggressive goal to reduce the State’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent by the year 2030, and other states in the region have committed to similarly strong GHG emission reductions.
Governor Andrew Cuomo released his policy priorities and Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget proposal yesterday in Albany. I was struck by the number of times the Governor mentioned the importance of tackling climate change. And he stressed the importance of New York State’s continued leadership on this critical issue. This is great news and bodes well for the future.
I was also struck by the number of energy and climate proposals the Governor mentioned that staff at the Pace Energy and Climate Center (Pace) are working on in some way.