HISTORY OF PULP
1976 - In response to the energy crises of the 70â€™s, PULP was created as a â€œspecial projectâ€� of a local community action agency and the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, with the support from the federal Legal Services Corporation.
1981 - After years of research and effort, PULP, and other consumer advocates, participated in the passage of the Home Energy Fair Practices Act (â€œHEFPAâ€�) - a landmark â€œBill of Rightsâ€� for residential energy consumers.
1982 - The New York Legislature began funding PULP and has continued to do so for over two decades.
1984 - Responding to the advocacy of PULP and others, PSC adopts Telephone Fair Practices regulations to protect residential telephone consumers.
1986 - PULP appointed to represent low income consumers on the HEAP Block Grand Advisory Council.
1988 - PULP appointed to represent low income consumers on the Weatherization Assistance Program Policy Advisory Council.
1994 - PULP joins with the PSC and industry in achieving nationâ€™s first privacy protected computer matching program to enroll low income customers for reduced telephone rates.
1995 - PULP participated in a PSC proceeding which created a $50 million fund for introducing advanced telecommunications to disadvantaged neighborhoods.
1997 - PULP appointed to Targeted Assistance Fund to represent low income telephone customers.
1998 - PULP, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, sponsored the â€œConnecting All Americansâ€� conference to examine the challenges for telecommunications customers and providers associated with bridging the digital divide.
2001 - PULP Executive Director appointed Chair of Electricity Committee of the National Association of Utility Consumer Advocates.
2002 - PULP appointed to the NYSERDA System Benefits Charge Advisory Committee to represent low income consumers.
2002 - PULP legislation, with support and advocacy from AARP, was enacted to provide HEFPA protections to customers of non-utility electricity and gas suppliers.