Electric and Gas

Disruption of these life-sustaining services puts lives at risk. NCLC works on federal and state policies to ensure reasonable rates and protections for low-income households.

Administrative & Regulatory Advocacy

Comments to the CA Public Utilities Commission on the Joint Motion for Settlement regarding its motion to address issue of customers' electric and natural gas service disconnection and Response to Petition for Modification, April 2014

COMPLAINT OF ENE, NCLC, ET AL. CHALLENGING BASE RETURN ON EQUITY, filed with Federal Energy Regulatory Comm'n Dec. 27, 2012

California Adopts Order to Reduce Utility Disconnections of Vulnerable Households
, April 2012

Model Settlement Protects Vulnerable Consumers from Utility Disconnections, Dec. 27, 2010

Policy Analysis


Policy Briefs, Reports & Press Releases

Comments and Testimony

  • Public Comment regarding the Madison Gas and Electric Company proposal to increase fixed, monthly residential customer charges from $10.50 per month to $19.00 per month, October 3, 2014
  • Group comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission supporting that the wholesale cost of power be just and reasonable, January 8, 2014
  • Testimony re: San Diego Gas and Electric Company's proposal to implement a residential prepaid electric service pilot program, June 12, 2012
  • Comments (Aug. 5, 2011) and Reply Comments (Aug. 26, 2011) of the Iowa Bureau of Energy Assistance regarding Prepaid Meters
  • Comments - Consumer Groups Representing Residential Ratepayers on FERC Technical Conference on RTO Responsiveness, March 8, 2010
  • Comments from Consumer Commenters on FERC RTO/ISO Performance Metrics, March 8, 2010
  • Comment of Low-Income Weatherization and Fuel Assistance Program Network on Smart Grid Pilot, June 15, 2009
  • Testimony: NCLC testimony on prepayment metering submitted on behalf of the Nevada Bureau of Consumer Protection, June 2004
  • Additional Comments to Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy on increasing the penetration rate for discounted electric, gas and phone Service, DTE 01-106, November 2002.
  • Reply Comments to the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy on increasing the penetration rate for discounted electric, gas and phone Service, DTE 01-106, March 2002
  • Initial Comments to Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy on increasing the penetration rate for discounted electric, gas and phone Service, DTE 01-106, January 2002

Letters

  • Joint Letter to FERC Chairman Wellinghoff on data regarding “just and reasonable rates” in an upcoming FERC RTO/ISO Performance Metrics Docket, February 19, 2010
  • Letter to Congress re: Smart Grid and Energy Efficiency, February 4, 2009

Additional Resources

"Prepaid Utility Service and Revenue Decoupling" by National Resource Defense Council Energy Program Co-director Ralph Cavanagh and NCLC Senior Energy Policy Analyst John Howat published in the Electricity Policy Journal, May 2, 2012

NCLC's Energy and Utility Publications and Resources

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