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Roni Epstein
Legal Policy Advisor
(516) 652-1564
repstein@publicenergyadvisers .com

Roni F. Epstein has been an attorney and policy facilitator in the energy sector for over 20 years. In addition to her work with Pace, Roni serves as an independent consultant and counsel to alternative energy developers and energy infrastructure owners on energy market and regulatory compliance matters. Her experience includes representation of utilities in restructured energy markets as a litigator, policy driver and consensus builder with proven capability to drive alternative energy infrastructure development and energy policy. Roni was an attorney advisor in the FERC’s Office of General Counsel and later successfully defended FERC decisions before the Commission’s administrative law judges on behalf of the Commission. Roni was also Assistant General Counsel to the Long Island Power Authority where she led precedent-setting transmission matters. As Counsel for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at the New York Power Authority, she helped facilitate a nationally-recognized regulatory compliance program. Roni is the President of the Northeast Chapter of the Energy Bar Association and is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, New York, Washington D.C. and Maryland. Roni received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law Center and her undergraduate degree, with honors, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


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.

NYPSC Institutes Moratorium on ESCO Activity to Protect Low-Income Consumers

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.