Gas Appliance Repair. Acting on a complaint filed by a state trade association of heating, ventilation and air conditioning service contractors, the New York PSC ruled it was improper for Brooklyn Union of Long Island to have sent a letter to customers telling them that its unregulated affiliate could provide appliance repair and other non-safety appliance services, following deregulation and termination of such services by the regulated local distribution company.The PSC also ruled that Brooklyn Union could maintain rotating lists so as to recommend specific preferred contractors to customers for equipment and gas conversion work, but must provide at least two such recommendations to customers, rather than a single contractor. Case 98-G-1856, Sept. 22, 1999 (N.Y.P.S.C.).
Ancillary Services. To avoid billing retail power customers twice for certain ancillary services, New York regulators approved a proposal by New York State Electric & Gas Corp. to reimburse unregulated power suppliers for charges they have paid to the New York Independent System Operator for ancillary services. NYSEG chose that method rather than adjust its already-approved retail shopping credit. The shopping credit will continue on the assumption that retail customers will pay for ancillary services through the regulated distribution tariff. Case 96-E-0891, Sept. 17, 1999 (N.Y.P.S.C.).