Electricity firm faces Connecticut ban, $1.5M fine
Liberty Power plans to dispute a possible $1.5 million penalty and a six-month ban on enrolling new electricity customers in Connecticut, as the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority conducts an ongoing investigation into what PURA has described as ongoing enrollment of customers without permission, “back billing” and other tactics.
In a statement provided the website Energy Choice Matters, Liberty Power indicated it will seek a hearing as allowed under PURA rules to demonstrate actions it has taken to create “a strong, transparent sales quality program” in the company’s words, among other steps. To date this year, PURA has registered a half-dozen complaints by Connecticut residents of Liberty Power enrolling them without their consent.
Liberty Power was co-founded in 2001 by David Hernandez, to whom the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce bestowed its 2013 “businessman of the year” award recognizing the firm’s rapid growth.
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