Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNYNewsNow Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Customers of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities who are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for help with unpaid utility bills.Officials with the BPU ask customers who live within the City of Jamestown and need assistance to apply on the utility’s website for newly available grant funding.They say support provided through the grant possibly could pay a qualifying customer’s entire BPU utility bill.Those eligible for the program must be receiving no assistance from the Department of Social Services for utilities, have been current on BPU bills as of March, and have received a termination notice from the BPU. “We understand that help from this grant program is on a first-come, first-served basis,” says BPU General Manager David Leathers. “Customers with overdue BPU bills related to the Pandemic are urged to apply for this assistance while it is available to them.”The funding comes from a Community Development Block Grant awarded to the City of Jamestown’s Department of Development.The BPU chose to suspend disconnections of service in March as part of the utility’s response to COVID-19.The State of New York shortly followed by restricting utility shut-offs throughout the state.
DOE comments show little support for FirstEnergy bailout request FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Most stakeholders weighing in on FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.’s plea in March for federal intervention to support its financially struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants in the PJM Interconnection were opposed to the request, according to documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Energy.Out of 152 responses on the request the DOE received through May 24, the vast majority urged the department not to grant FirstEnergy Solutions’, or FES’s, application, according to documents S&P Global Market Intelligence received through a Freedom of Information Act request. The DOE has yet to announce a decision on the company’s petition or other agency efforts to prop up vulnerable coal and nuclear units.The DOE did not open a formal comment period on the request but said in April that it would accept stakeholder input on the agency’s ability to declare an emergency under FPA 202(c), including in response to the FES application. The DOE has invoked its 202(c) authority sparingly in the past, mostly in response to temporary energy shortfalls following hurricanes and other emergency events.As a result, several gas and power industry groups said the statute should not be used to provide the market relief FES sought in its 202(c) application. More fundamentally, most stakeholders backed PJM’s assertion that no grid emergency existed in the region to justify subsidizing FES’s at-risk plants.“The proposed actions would tilt the table and not only undermine, but potentially destroy, new private competitive investment, and perhaps more importantly, substantially add to the cost of power to consumers in the region,” independent power producer Calpine Corp. said in comments to the DOE.More ($): DOE heard mostly criticism of FirstEnergy Solutions’ coal, nuclear relief plan