When Utility Companies Want to Raise Your Rates …

Meet Shirlee C. of South Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a senior on a fixed income, she takes a financial hit every time her utility rate increases.  She can’t afford for her bill to keep going up, but her utility company, Xcel Energy, is asking for another $123 a year by 2016.  If approved, this would be the 7th rate increase for Minnesotans in just 10 years! Shirlee, and all Americans, should only have to pay what is reasonable for reliable service—and …

The Heat Is on Summer Electric Bills

The 2014 summer cooling season is turning into an expensive and potentially unsafe one for older consumers who live on a fixed income. Though many welcome the heat after a harsh winter, the frigid temperatures of this past winter are causing higher electric bills this summer. Consumers hoping to escape the high utility bills they faced during winter will find little relief. A colder-than-normal winter triggered record demand for natural gas to meet home heating needs. As a result, natural gas reserves …

Spotlight: New Jerseyans Fight Back – and Win Against Higher Utility Bills

This is a true story of how New Jerseyans fought back against the largest proposed utility rate increase by the state’s biggest gas and electric company in its century-long history – and won. Just last week, consumer advocates – including AARP – reached a settlement on “Energy Strong,” a PSE&G proposal to harden its electric and gas systems following the tragedy of Superstorm Sandy. The settlement saves New Jersey utility customers $1.6 billion.  A culmination of a more than a …