New York State Senator Michelle Hinchey is urging the Public Service Commission (PSC) to reject a request by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation for a 16% rate increase on residential electric bills and a 19% increase on gas bills. In a letter submitted to the Public Service Commission as part of its current public comment period, Hinchey argued against a rate increase, emphasizing Central Hudson’s continued mishandling of customer billing and highlighting ongoing issues faced by Hudson Valley residents.
“Central Hudson should not be considered for a rate increase, especially while it’s actively under investigation by the PSC for ongoing billing malfunctions,” Hinchey said. “Attempting to resolve their shortcomings by burdening customers with higher rates is an unjust and unacceptable approach.”
The Public Service Commission has two more virtual and telephone hearings on Wednesday, September 20, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Details on how to share a statement during the virtual public hearing or submit one electronically can be found at dps.ny.gov. In response to requests from Senators Hinchey and James T. Skoufis and other local officials, the Commission will also schedule in-person hearings in the future.