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Hinchey opposes Central Hudson rate increases

Sep 21, 2023 12:43 am

Andrea Macko reports for Porcupine Soup that New York State Senator Michelle Hinchey is definitely opposing Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation's proposal to add another dollar a day in costs to gas and electricity customers bills. “Central Hudson should not be considered for a rate increase, especially while it's actively under investigation by the PSC for ongoing billing malfunctions,” said Hinchey in a letter submitted to the Public Service Commission, which will approve or deny the price hike. “Attempting to resolve their shortcomings by burdening customers with higher rates is an unjust and unacceptable approach.” Joe Hally, vice president of Regulatory Affairs for Central Hudson, has said, "We believe that this proposed rate plan is essential to address our infrastructure needs, recover from the impacts of COVID-19, and ensure that we can respond effectively to extreme weather events―which are occurring more frequently." The Public Service Commission is also investigating Central Hudson for bill practices the last several years. Hinchey said, "Hudson Valley residents still today face issues with inaccurate and inflated bills, large automatic withdrawals from their savings accounts after not receiving bills for many months, unclear and confusing bills, and others receiving multiple bills in one month.... Until Central Hudson has resolved these issues with its billing system, a rate increase should not be an option on the table.” Read more about this story in Porcupine Soup.

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