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But when a utility adds a ...
But when a utility adds a charge outside of a rate case, "it breaks apart this entire process, which has worked very well for decades," said Tanya McCloskey of the Office of Consumer Advocate , an independent monitor of consumer utility issues for the state.
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fought against the notion that those costs met the threshold of volatility, and West Penn ultimately agreed to keep costs within its base rates.
"[Default service] actually provides the ...
"[Default service] actually provides the platform for competition," said Tanya J. McCloskey, acting director of the state's Office of Consumer Advocate.
"We are very concerned," she
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Tanya J. McCloskey, a lawyer for the state Office of Consumer Advocate, spoke in defense of the PUC, calling the GPU deal a "delicate balance" between competing interests that spared GPU customers a $316 million rate increase that would have averaged $7 a month per household for 10 years.
GPU initially sought the rate increase to escape a financial pickle it got into after the beginning of electric competition in the late 1990s.Unlike many other state electric utilities, GPU chose to sell all of its generating plants and buy electricity on the spot market, believing wholesale prices would decline.Instead, they rose.
"Isn't GPU asking consumers to pay for a business deal that went bad?"Pellegrino asked.
Acting Pennsylvania Consumer Advocate ...
Acting Pennsylvania Consumer Advocate Tanya McCloskey said the state's prices have drawn even with the national average after competition began, but they were 15 percent higher in 1996.
In contrast Pennsylvania acting consumer ...
In contrast Pennsylvania acting consumer advocate Tanya McCloskey said that she did not see "a lot of value" in variable rate products provided to residential customers.
Variable rate customers in her state paid as much as $0.44/kWh this winter, with some residents reporting monthly bills in excess of $2,000.
did not think it was appropriate for 100pc of the risks of wholesale electric prices to fall on residential customers who might not know the risks.
said that if consumer confidence wanes, the markets for competitive products would suffer, noting that 30,000 customers in her
state recently switched to their default service providers.