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Fisher, Sheehan and Colton provides a diverse array of services on a national basis. Projects include research, program design and evaluation, litigation support and training. FSC's Law and Economic Insights, the firm's bi-monthly newsletter, provides information on current issues as well as the firm's current projects and recent publications.

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May/Jun 2017 FSC Newsletter
One concern frequently expressed about bill affordability programs in which bills are set equal to an affordable percentage of income is that such programs eliminate any incentive for customers to conserve energy. This issue summarizes the various empirical evaluations that, over the past 30-plus years, have examined whether usage increases do, indeed, occur.


Mar/Apr 2017 FSC Newsletter
Utilities frequently use non-utility credit reports to establish creditworthiness for utility service and/or clean energy programs. This issue discusses why the use of credit information from external information providers, not using utility payment experience, is inappropriate, while unreasonably and disproportionately harming low-income households.


Jan/Feb 2017 FSC Newsletter
One question often posed in response to proposals to impose restrictions on a utility's authority to disconnect service to protected classes is whether the protected customers will simply stop making payments. This issue discusses recent research examining whether shutoff restrictions protecting customers with medical emergencies result in an increase in utility bill nonpayment.


Nov/Dec 2016 FSC Newsletter
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is commonly referred to as the nation's largest anti-poverty program. This issue reviews the literature documenting that households receiving EITC benefits use those additional dollars, in large part, to pay utility bills, including past-due utility bills.

    

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FSC's Law and Economic Insights has been published every other month continuously since May, 1998. Back issues are found in the Newsletter Archive.

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