Cashman urges against proposal of increase to electric, gas rates
- Sep 30, 2022 1:22 pm GMT
Sep. 30—PLATTSBURGH — Speaking to the
If the proposal is approved, New Yorkers could see their monthly bills increase by upwards of
"There is something called the
"Those numbers are somewhat fluid at the moment, because I believe there's been some other projections that have occurred, but nonetheless, we're talking approximately about a 30% base rate on the electric side alone. Which is significant — absolutely significant."
The rate increase is tied to NYSEG's need to invest in their infrastructure, Cashman said.
"NYSEG is saying things like, 'It's critical for us to invest in our infrastructure,' and it is critical to have good, strong infrastructure, but at the same time, our utility companies are seeing record levels of profit, and they need to dial back the impact on customers and invest some of that profit into the product they are delivering," he said.
"They made, what many would consider, and what I would certainly consider, an outrageous proposal and I really am very hopeful that the commissioners of the PSC will protect New Yorkers."
He added that being a part of that public hearing, and speaking on behalf of the North Country residents was important for him to do.
"As a local, elected official, I felt it was important to have a
"I strongly urge the PSC to deny these rates. I am very fearful that people will be forced to make difficult decisions where it may even come to things like heating their house vs. putting food on their table, and that's just not right."
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