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The New York Edison Company — Complaint of Julian Ostro as to alleged

overcharge for service

Case No. 2106,

Hearing Resolution Dismissal Order ^ This proceeding was begun upon the complaint of Julian Ostro against the New York Edison Company, with regard to alleged overcharge for service. The Commission, on April 11, 1917, directed (see blank form of hearing resolution, page 9) that a hearing be had on April 23, 1917.

Julian Ostro,

Complainant t against New York Edison Company,

Defendant.

Alleged overcharge for service

Case No. 2196,

Dismissal Order

May 9, 1917

A hearing having been had in the above entitled matter on April 23, 1917, and certain adjourned dates, before Honorable William Hayward, Commissioner, Julian Ostro, complainant, appearing in person, Arthur Williams, appearing for the New Yoriv PMison Company, and Henry H. Whitman, Assistant Counsel, attending for the Commission, and after due consideration, it is

Ordered, That the complaint herein be, and the same hereby is, dismissed.

New York Edison Company — Complaint of Columbus Circle Realty Company

as to alleged overcharge for service

Case No. 2204,

Hearing Resolution
Opinion

Discontinuance Order This proceeding was begun upon the complaint of the Columbus Circle Realty Company as to alleged overcharge for service. The Commission, on May 9, 1917, directed (see blank form of hearing resolution, page 9) that a hearing be had on May 16, 1917. Hearing was had on May 16, and on subsequent dates to June 7, 1917.

Thereupon the Commission, on September 27, 1917, rendered an opinion (see 8 r. S. C. R. [1st Dist. N. Y.], 247) and issued the following order:

Columbus Circle Realty Company,

Complainant,
against
New York Edison Company,

Defendant.

Alleged overcharge for service

Case No. 2204,
Order Discontinuing Pro-
ceeding
September 27, 1917

A hearing having been had in this proceeding on May 16, 1917, and adjourned dates to June 7, 1917, before Hon. William Hayward and Hon. Charles S. Hervey, Commissioners, Oscar A. Hirsh, Esq. and B. B. Dolaro. Esq., appearing for the complainant, Arthur WTilliams, Esq., appearing for the defendant, Hon. William L. Ransom, Counsel, and R. J. Farrington, Jr., Assistant Counsel, attending for the Commission ; and the Commission being of opinion that it has no statutory authority to order reparation by the defendant to the complainant for the alleged overcharge for service and that the facts do not justify the making of a remedial order applicable to the future conduct of the defendant, it is

Ordered, That the proceeding upon the complaint be discontinued by the Commission.

New York Edison Company—Complaint of Julian Ostro as to alleged

overcharge for electricity

Case No. 2245,

Hearing Resolution
Opinion

Dismissal Order This proceeding was begun upon complaint of Messrs. Hishmeh & Rashid against the New York Edison Company in regard to alleged overcharge for service. The

Commission, on September 19, 1917, directed (see blank form of hearing resolution, page 9) that a hearing be had on September 27, 1917. Hearing was had on September 27, October 4, 11, 15 and 31, 1917.

Thereupon the Commission, on December 10, 1917, rendered an opinion (see 8 P. S. C. R. [1st Dist. N. y.], 353) and issued the following order:

HlSHMEH AND RASHID,

Complainants, against

The New York Edison Company,

Defendant.

Alleged overcharge for electricity

Case No. 2245,

Dismissal Order

December 10, 1917

A hearing having been held in this proceeding on October 31, 1917, Hon. Charles S. Hervey, Commissioner, presiding; K. Rashid appearing for the complainants, Arthur Williams appearing for The New York Edison Company, and Robert J. Farrington, Junior Assistant Counsel, attending for the Commission, and the Commission having filed its opinion herein recommending that the complaint herein be dismissed,

Now, therefore, it is

Ordered, That the said complaint be and hereby is dismissed.

New York Edison Company — Complaint of Charles A. Gould as to refusal

to refigure bills for service

Case No. 2257,

Hearing Resolution This proceeding was begun upon the complaint of Charles A. Gould against the New York Edison Company, with respect to its alleged refusal to rerender bills for electric current supplied to premises at No. 126 Fifth Avenue, Borough of Manhattan, City of New York, for the period from March 5 to May 7, 1916, on the basis of a combination contract price instead of individual contract prices. On November 7, 1917, the Commission directed (see blank form of hearing resolution, page 9) that a hearing be had on November 13, 1917. Hearing was had on November 13, and closed.

Richmond Light and Railroad Company — Complaint of Max Huhn in regard

to discontinuance of electric service
Case No. 2250,

Hearing Resolution Dismissal Order This proceeding was begun upon the complaint of Max Huhn against the Richmond Light & Railroad Company in regard to the discontinuance of the supply of electricity at No. 13 Sheridan avenue, Grasmere, Staten Island. The Commission, on October 3, 1917, directed (see blank form of hearing resolution, page 9) that a hearing be had on October 11, 1917. Hearing was had on October 11, 1917, and closed.

Thereupon the Commission, on November 7, 1917, rendered an opinion (see 8 P. S. C. R. [1st Dist. N. Y.l, 281) and issued the following order dismissing the complaint:

Max Huhn,

Complainant, against

Richmond Light And Railroad Company,

Defendant.

Case No. 2250,

Discontinuance Order

November 7, 1917

The hearing in the above entitled matter having been duly held and closed on October 11. 1917, and the evidence taken at said hearing having been duly considered, it is

Ordered, That the above entitled proceeding be and it hereby is discontinued and that the complaint therein be and it hereby is dismissed.

OTHER MATTERS RELATING TO GAS CORPORATIONS

Consolidated Gas Company of New York — Complaint of Kovalsky Brothers,

Inc., as to alleged overcharge for service

Case No. 2200,

Hearing Resolution
Dismissal Order

This proceeding was begun upon the complaint of Kovalsky Brothers, Inc. against the Consolidated Gas Company of New York as to alleged overcharge for service. The Commission, on April 18, 1917, directed (see blank form of hearing resolution, page 9) that a hearing be had on April 23, 1917.

Kovalsky Brothers, Inc.,

Complainants, against

Consolidated Gas Company Op New York,

Defendant.

Alleged overcharge for service

Case No. 2200,

Dismissal Order

May 2, 1917

A hearing having been had in the above entitled matter on April 23, 1917, before Honorable William Hayward, Commissioner, William C. Kovalsky, complainant, appearing m person, Meyer Greenberg, appearing for the complainant, A. G. Almberg, appearing for the Consolidated Gas Company of New York, and Henry H. Whitman, Assistant Counsel, attending for the Commission, and after due consideration, it is

Ordered, That the complaint herein be, and the same hereby is, dismissed.

Gas Corporations — Standards for measurement of gas and rates for gas

service

Case No. 2235,

Memorandum

Hearing Resolution

Opinion

Order Fixing Heating Standard for Gas

This proceeding was begun upon motion of the Commission concerning standards for measurement of quality and power of gas manufactured, distributed or sold by gas corporations within the First District, and the rates or charges for such gas service based upon such standards. The Commission, on August 20, 1917, directed (see blank form of hearing resolution, page 9) that a hearing be had on September 18, 1917, as recommended in an opinion filed by Commissioner Whitney, on August 20, 1917, (see 8 P. S. C. R. R. [1st Dist. N. Y.], 223). Hearing was had on September 18, 20, 25, October 9 and 23, 1917, when the hearing was adjourned subject to call.

On October 13, 1917, the Commission rendered an opinion (see 8 P. S. C. R. [1st Dist. N. Y.], 250) and issued the following order:

In The Matter
Of THE

Hearing on the motion of the Commission' *»s to
the standards for measurement of the quality and
power of gas manufactured, distributed or sold by
gas corporations within the First District, and the
rates or charges for such gas service based upon
such standards

Case No. 2235,

Order Fixing Heating

Standard for Gas

October 13, 1917

By Chapter 125 of the Laws of 1906 and amendatory acts of 191R and 1917, the maximum price for gas manufactured, furnished or sold in the City of New York, the illuminating power of which is fixed at not less than twenty-two (22)

sperm candles as more fully set forth, is prescribed at eighty cents per thousand cubic feet, in the Borough of Manhattan, in the first ward of the Borough of Queens, in the Borough of Brooklyn (including the territory annexed to the County or Kings by Chapter 410 of the Laws of 1915, as amended) and in the Borough of The Bronx, except that portion of it formerly contained in the town of Westchester outside of the villages of Wakefield and Williamsbridge, and at one dollar per thousand cubic feet in the Borough of Richmond and in the second, third and fourth wards of the Borough of Queens (except the territory annexed to the County of Kings by Chapter 410 of the Laws of 1915, as amended).

By the provisions of the Public Service Commissions Law, and particularly by Section 66, Subdivision 5, and Section 72 thereof, this Commission may, by order, fix the maximum price to be charged for gas by any person or corporation furnishing gas service, but at not exceeding that fixed by statute.

By the provisions of the Public Service Commissions Law, and particularly by Section 66, Subdivisions 1, 2 and 3, this Commission has the power by order fo fix from time to time standards for the measurement of the purity of gas and for the measurement of the illuminating and heating power of gas to be manufactured, distributed or sold by persons or corporations for lighting, heating or power purposes, notwithstanding that another standard for the measurement of any thereof may have been fixed by statute; to require the gas so manufactured, distributed or sold to equal the standards so fixed by it, to determine whether such gas conforms to such standards, and to order reasonable improvements in connection with the manufacture and distribution of gas.

The War Department of the United States by its responsible officers has communicated to the Commission, in writing and verbally, that a public emergency exists requiring that the gas corporations subject to the jurisdiction of this Commission immediately enter into arrangements with the National Government upon suitable terms of compensation to begin the production, as soon as possible, of certain ingredients essential to the conduct of the present war by the United States which can be more effectively recovered from gas manufactured by the said corporations under a heating power standard than from gas manufactured under an illuminating power standard, and requesting this Commission to fix a heating standard for gas manufactured, distributed or sold by gas corporations subject to the jurisdiction of this Commission. Also, a hearing has been duly had in this proceeding by and before the Commission on September 18, 1917, and adjourned dates upon notice to all gas corporations subject to the jurisdiction of this Commission ; and the Commission has made investigation and is of the opinion that a public emergency exists rendering it necessary that in the conduct of the war gas corporations manufacturing gas shall produce certain ingredients which can be produced advantageously under a heating value standard, and that it is just, reasonable and proper to fix standards for the measurement of the heating power of gas to which gas corporations subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission shall conform at their election as an alternative to the illuminating standard now fixed by statu to, for the period during which the United States may be engaged in the present war; it is

Ordered:'

I This Commission hereby fixes a monthly average total heating power of not less than six hundred and fifty (650) British thermal units per cubic foot (ascertained as hereinbelow set forth) as a standard for the measurement of the heating power and thereby the quality of gas to be manufactured, distributed or sold by gas corporations subject to the jurisdiction of this Commission and furnished to consumers at a price not in excess of that now fixed by law or by any order of this Commission. Provided, however, that such heating power standard shall not be, and is not intended to be, in derogation or a repeal of any other standard for the measurement of the quality of gas now fixed by statute, but shall be a standard to which gas shall conform as an alternative, under the election herein provided, to that fixed by statute.

(a) The average total heating power, for any three consecutive days in any calendar month, shall not be less than six hundred and fifteen (615) British thermal units per cubic foot.

(b) In determining the heating power, the gas shall be corrected to a temperature of sixty (60) degrees Fahrenheit and thirty (30) inches of mercury.

(c) Each test to determine the heating quality of the* gas shall be made according to approved methods, and in conformance with regulations which mav be prescribed bv this Commission and at such location or locations as shall be approved by the Commission not less than one-half mile distant in an air line from any manufacturing or distributing station of the gas

C0I?cn The daily heating power of gas at each testing station shall be determined by averaging all the tests made at such station; the daily heatinc power of gas furnished by the gas corporation to its consumers shall be determined by averaging the daily heating power of gas at all the testing stations of the supplying corporation; the monthly average heating Dower of gas furnished by a gas corporation shall be determined by averaging the daily heating power of gas furnished by the gas corporation to its consumers as shown by tests made on not less than twenty days in a calendar month. TT That the eas manufactured, distributed or sold by gas corporations subject to the jurisdiction of this Commission shall conform to the standard of quality prescribed by any statute now in effect, or, in the alternative, for a period not longer than until three months after the termination of the war in which the United States is engaged, and at the election of any such gas corporations to be made and evidenced only in the manner and in accordance with the terms hereinbelow set forth, to the heating standard prescribed in this Order and elected by such gas corporation.

III. That any gas corporation may exercise the option to furnish gas in conformity with the heating standard fixed in this Order by filing with the Commission a statement in writing, duly authorized by such gas corporation and signed and duly acknowledged, stating that such gas corporation will thereafter and for a specified period, but not longer than the duration of the war in which the United States is engaged and three months thereafter, manufacture, distribute or sell gas within the City of New York which shall conform to the heating standard herein prescribed and in compliance with each and every one of the following terms and conditions:

(a) That the rate to be charged or received per one thousand cubic feet for gas manufactured, furnished or sold within the City of New York under the heating standard herein prescribed in Paragraph I shall not exceed the sum of eighty cents or, where such person or corporation is authorized by law or by any order of this Commission to charge a higher rate, shall not exceed such lawful rate.

(b) That, in the event that such gas corporation shall propose to furnish gas of a heating quality less than six hundred and fifty (650) British thermal units monthly average total heating power per cubic foot, and shall notify ihe Commission in writing (duly authirized by the gas corporation and duly signed and acknowledged) of its intention so to do and of the minimum monthly average total heating power for such gas, the rate to be charged or received per one thousand cubic feet for such gas within the City of New York shall not exceed the rate which such person or corporation is now authorized to receive and collect by law or by order of this Commission for gas furnished by it in the City of New York less a per cent (not including fractions of one per cent) equal to the per cent by which the number of British thermal units monthly average total heating power per cubic foot of the heating power elected shall be less than six hundred and fifty (650) British thermal units.

(c) That such gas corporation will provide and maintain such suitable testing stations, apparatus and facilities as may be required and approved by the Commission for use in testing by direction of the Commission the heating power of gas manufactured, distributer! or sold by it, and will make all tests subject to the supervision of this Commission and its responsible engineers or agents duly authorized.

(d) That such gas corporation will keep posted in its principal office, in a place readily accessible to its customers and open to their inspection, a statement of the average daily heating power of the gas furnished during the preceding calendar month as shown by the tests made under the direction of the Commission as hereinabove provided, in order that the consumers and the public may be advised of the quality of the gas being supplied.

(e) That such gas corporation will, upon the application of any consumer who at the time this provision becomes effective obtains illumination exclusively from open flame burners, provide and install upon such consumer's premises, free of any charge, one efficient incandescent lamp complete with mantle, of a type to be certified by the Chief Gas Engineer of the Commission, for each room, but not more than two rooms, occupied by such consumer. Provided, however, that such gas corporation shall not be required to replace, renew or repair any mantle burner so furnished free of charge.

(f) That such gas corporation will notify its consumers of their right to have provided and installed incandescent lamps in pursuance of the terms of subdivision (e) of this paragraph, by a printed notice on or attached to all bills rendered to the consumers of such corporation during the month following the date of notification filed with the Commission of the election to furnish gas under the heating standard.

IV. That this order shall be without prejudice to any further or other order in respect to rules and regulations governing the testing of eras furnished under a heating power standard or in respect to anv other matter covered by the hearing resolution adopted in this case on August 20, 1917, after further hearings in this proceeding or a separate proceeding.

V. That this Order shall take effect at once, and shall continue in force until the further order of the Commission unless abrogated or otherwise changed by order of the Commission.

Gas Corporations in Manhattan — Gas pressure regulations
Case No. 1480,

Motion a<5 to Gas Pressure Charts This proceeding was begun upon motion of the Commission on the question of gas pressure regulations to be prescribed as to all gas companies furnishing gas for consumption in the Borough of Manhattan. Hearings were had during 1912. On

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