The quantifiable benefits that your Company may expect from membership include lower energy prices and more energy savings opportunities because of the positions that Multiple Intervenors advances at the New York State Public Service Commission, the New York Independent System Operator and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. For example, in recent rate cases, Multiple Intervenors was instrumental in limiting rate increases to large non-residential customers and getting several utilities to issue millions of dollars of refunds to its members, as well as designing electricity and natural gas rates in a manner most beneficial to our members. Multiple Intervenors also helped to create and design the programs that pay New York consumers for reducing, and even for being available to reduce, usage during peak periods or system emergencies. Multiple Intervenors also works closely with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to promote on-site generation and energy efficiency programs that benefit its members.
Regarding Power for Jobs, Multiple Intervenors instituted the legal challenge that prompted the New York Power Authority in 2008 to allow customers to switch benefit programs. Multiple Intervenors then advised its members on how to make the switch, which produced hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings for members. Without Multiple Intervenors, the option would not have been available at all, or could have been missed by the customers.