Legislature passes bill to curb utilities late billing
Paul Kirby reports in the Daily Freeman that the state legislature has approved measure to curb late billing from utilities such as Central Hudson. Michelle Hinchey, a Democrat from Saugerties, sponsored the bill in the state Senate. Hinchey said in a statement that utility bills, “should be accurate and on time, and we know, based on the lived experiences of people across the Hudson Valley, that these core responsibilities are not being honored by certain utility companies serving our communities.... This bill has the potential to put more money back into the pockets of New Yorkers while incentivizing utilities to send customer bills in a timely and transparent way, and we look forward to the Governor swiftly signing it into law.” Central Hudson spokesperson Joseph Jenkins said, “Central Hudson agrees that our customers deserve to receive their bills in a timely fashion.... However, this legislation is misguided and will likely result in unintended negative consequences.” Jenkins claims that the energy industry is “rapidly evolving and has resulted in increasingly complex billing scenarios that pull from numerous datapoints and involve variables like time of day usage, demand rates, net metering, community choice aggregation and electric vehicle charging tariffs.... These complexities have the potential to delay bills in order to ensure customer accounts are accurate.” Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.