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Customers sound off about Central Hudson's proposed rate hike

Oct 19, 2023 12:55 pm

Mid-Hudson News reports that there weren't many fans of Central Hudson's proposal to raise its electrical service rate 16.4 percent, and its gas service rate 19 percent, at a public hearing Oct. 18 in Kingston. Ulster County Executive Jen Metzger said, “The proposed double-digit increase is unconscionable on the heels of what thousands of Central Hudson customers have endured over the last two years." Central Hudson, and the Public Service Commission, have received many complaints about Central Hudson bills since the company began estimating bills rather than reading meters. Susan Nickerson, of Saugerties, at the hearing said, “In January 2022, I received an outrageous bill for my electric. I live in modest house. My husband, just the two us, we’re seniors.... I could have lit up the entire Town of Saugerties with what my bills look like. I didn’t even put up Christmas lights to have the extra electric.” New York State Senator Michelle Hinchey said, “Hudson Valley residents still today face issues with inaccurate and inflated bills, large, automated withdrawals from their saving account after not receiving bills for many months, unclear and confusing bills and other receiving multiple bills in one month.... Because of the company’s own errors, a rate increase should not be on the table.” Read more about this story at Mid-Hudson News.

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