2009 Request for Expedited Rate Increase -- Support for Motion to Dismiss
The New York State Department of State Division of Consumer Protection filed a response supporting the motion of the Department of Public Service to dismiss the rate filings. We agree that the companies failed to provide adequate information to justify a need for increased rates. We point out that it appeared that the sole reason for the rate increase request was to pay $400 million in dividends to its corporate parent.
2009 Request for Expedited Rate Increase -- Post-Hearing Brief
The New York State Department of State Division of Consumer Protection explain that the evidence in the record shows that the Companies have adequate financial reserves and access to the capital markets to ensure that service remains safe and reliable. We also objected to the budgeted cost of the Companies’ filing, $8 million, explaining that ratepayers should not have to pay for such a flawed filing. In addition, the Division urges the New York State Public Service Commission to direct the companies not to pay dividends to their parent just to be certain that the companies do not cause a liquidity problem by their own behavior.
2008 Gas Rate Case -- Testimony on Consumer Issues
The New York State Department of State Division of Consumer Protection submitted testimony on March 27, 2009, addressing service quality incentives and low-income program issues. We oppose the utility’s request for financial rewards if it exceeds specified levels of service quality, explaining that the main purpose of a utility is to provide quality service and ratepayers are already paying for service. We also propose an increase in the low-income credit and a waiver of the reconnection fee for low-income customers.
Comments Regarding Retail Access Plan
RG&E submitted a plan to facilitate competition in its service territory. In comments dated June 27, 2005, the New York State Department of State Division of Consumer Protection explains our general support for that plan, particularly provisions providing customers with the opportunity to purchase electricity at a fixed price and ensure that consumers are provided information necessary to make an informed decision regarding their energy purchases.
Last Modified: May 02, 2011