DPS rejects ESCO petition for dismissal

On August 2, the New York PSC rejected a request by an energy service company (ESCO) trade group seeking to halt the upcoming evidentiary hearing phase of the Commission’s ongoing ESCO investigation. The Commission also rejected the group’s effort to curtail the scope of the investigation by excluding issues relating to C&I customers and ESCO profitability. Additionally, the Commission ruled that no ESCO will be required to provide or disclose information requested as it pertains to the release of personally identifiable information of customers, stating that “the release of such information would be contrary to long-standing Commission policy and a violation of the consumer-protection rules applicable to ESCOs.”