Single Party Billing. The New York PSC directed major gas and electric utilities in the state "to accommodate the wishes of retail access customers" by allowing for single-party billing either by competitive suppliers or the utilities, at the discretion of customers, effective no later than Oct. 2.
"A single bill is important to ensure the development of a robust competition in the utility industry," the PSC said.
Electric Restructuring. The New York PSC opened a case to consider the future of the competitive natural gas and electricity markets and the role of regulated utilities.
The PSC will study obstacles to rapid development of a retail market, especially for residential and small-use commercial customers, and whether utilities should sell products or services also available from private vendors. In addition, it will study funding of public benefit programs, such as for energy efficiency, research and development, and assistance to low-income customers.
The first progress report is due in mid-June from an administrative law judge.
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