16 CRR-NY 12.1NY-CRR

OFFICIAL COMPILATION OF CODES, RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
TITLE 16. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE
CHAPTER I. RULES OF PROCEDURE
SUBCHAPTER B. PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING CONSUMER PROTECTIONS
PART 12. CONSUMER COMPLAINT PROCEDURES
16 CRR-NY 12.1
16 CRR-NY 12.1
12.1 Complaints and questions.
(a) Filing.
Any utility customer may file a complaint with, or ask a question of, the commission relating to his or her electric, gas, steam, telephone or water service, when the customer believes he or she has not obtained a satisfactory resolution of a dispute with a utility regulated by the commission. Complaints may involve bills for utility service, deposit requests, negotiations for deferred payment agreements, service problems, and other matters relating to utility service.
(b) Department offices.
A complaint or question may be filed by telephone, letter, electronically, or in person at the commission's office in New York City, Albany or Buffalo.
(c) Complaint submissions.
Once a customer has filed a complaint and provided basic information to the commission's Office of Consumer Services so the complaint can be investigated, the utility will be notified of the complaint and will be required to submit information regarding the merits of the complaint. This submission should explain its actions in the disputed matter and the extent to which those actions were consistent with the utility's procedures and tariff, commission rules, regulations, orders and opinions, and applicable State laws. The utility may be required by staff to provide copies of bills, billing statements, field reports, written documents, or other information in the possession of the utility which may be necessary to make a decision on the complaint. A customer making a complaint is responsible for providing staff with any facts that he or she possesses in support of his or her position.
(d) Inspections and tests.
Should staff determine that an onsite inspection or test is required, he or she may order a test or inspection. This work may be done by staff and/or by utility staff at the direction of commission staff, depending on the nature of the complaint, time considerations and staff availability.
(e) Investigation.
Staff will investigate each complaint or question and will respond to the customer, or, if possible, suggest the name, address and/or telephone number of a person or agency who might be able to respond.
16 CRR-NY 12.1
Current through February 28, 2023
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