senate Bill S690

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Directs the public service commission to undertake a study of consumer protections adopted by electric corporations and utilities

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    • Passed Assembly
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Jan 08, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications
Jan 09, 2013 referred to energy and telecommunications

S690 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2708
Law Section:
Public Services
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S5696A, A7777A

S690 - Summary

Directs the public service commission to undertake a study of consumer protections adopted by electric corporations and utilities; includes reporting on the adequacy of the public service commission's assistance to customers facing disconnection of utility service.

S690 - Sponsor Memo

S690 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   690

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations

AN  ACT  to direct the public service commission to undertake a study of
  consumer protections adopted by electric corporations and utilities

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The New York State public service commission shall under-
take an immediate study of  consumer  protections  adopted  by  electric
corporations  and  municipalities ("utilities") pursuant to article 2 of
the public service law and provide a report to the governor, the  tempo-
rary  president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the chair of
the senate committee on energy and telecommunications and the  chair  of
the  assembly committee on energy. Such report shall include an analysis
of the effectiveness of current utility procedures for notifying custom-
ers in arrears on utility charges of how they may avoid  termination  of
electric,  gas  or steam service, including the availability of deferred
payment agreements. In addition, such report shall review  the  adequacy
of the commission's assistance to customers negotiating deferred payment
agreements  with utilities in lieu of disconnection of service including
the number of deferred payment plans by utility service  territory;  the
number of incidences, if any, in which utilities have required more than
the  lawfully  allowed  level of down payments or deferred payments from
customers seeking to connect service or avoid disconnection; the  effec-
tiveness and availability of the commission's shutoff hotline in receiv-
ing  calls  from customers facing termination of electric, gas and steam
service; the call volume to such hotline in each utility service  terri-
tory;  the  monthly  number  of  electric  and natural gas customers who
previously received utility bill assistance from the Home Energy Assist-
ance Program whose service was terminated for bill  collection  purposes

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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