PSC Case 08-G-0872
The New York State PSC will not review complaints from consumers regarding ESCO overbillings. Buyer beware. To read PSC decsion - click here.
PSC Case 05-E-1133
Consumers are not entitled to refunds for wrong rates regardless of the utility's actions because they were put on notice. To read PSC decison - click here
"Moreoever, even if a utility employee made an error initially, complainant was placed on notice by the Welcome Package of the rate at which it was being billed and the availability of the rate if the apartment was an employee's residence, and should have contacted the utility to be placed on the residential rate"
PSC Case 95-G-0756
Interruptible/Temperature controlled customers are required to pay the penalty for gas consumed during a curtialment period even if the utility gave them permission. To read PSC decison - click here
Uniform Business Practices - ESCO billing
The PSC has established Uniform Business Practices for utility's to follow regarding payment of ESCO amounts that are billed by the local utility company. In short the PSC has declared that any amount billed by the LDC, on behalf of the ESCO, must be paid by the consumer even if the amount is being disputed. An ESCO can tell the LDC to charge whatever they want and the LDC will require that you pay that amount or your service will be turned off. Therefore, the consumer must lay out the money while it is disputing the billing. This is contrary to present policy regarding full service customers. If you are full service customer (i.e. not using an ESCO), you are not required to pay any disputed bill until the complaint has been resolved. Urac recommends that if you are going to use an ESCO do not allow it to combine the billing with the LDC's bill for delivery. Make sure the ESCO bills you directly so that you can withhold payment on disputed amounts and it does not affect service to the building. Shame on the PSC and our government officials for allowing this situation to exist.
NGRID Base and Slope billing
The PSC recently ruled that TC consumers in NGRID territory are correctly billed under the "base and slope" method. Under this method your metered gas usage is divided into two parts. The base use comprised of use not affected by heat, which NGRID estimates and of which you are not privy, and the slope which is the left over heating use. The base usage is prorated by day which is the industry standard. However the slope (heating) usage is billed by degree day. Neither the PSC nor NGRID have specified where a consumer can obtain the degree days being used or how a consumer can determine its base load. In short there is no way for a consumer to calculate its billing. Click here to see the determination