Central Hudson Gas & Electric has a rate case before the New York state Public Service Commission. A number of local officials want to see the utility’s fixed charges lowered and have signed a letter to the PSC saying so. Meanwhile, a Central Hudson spokesman says decreasing the charges would be a step backwards.
The New York state Public Service Commission has begun public hearings on Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation’s proposed electric and gas rate hikes. The PSC held the first two sessions Tuesday in Poughkeepsie where residents and legislators slammed the proposed increases.
A utility company in the Hudson Valley has agreed to implement customer service improvements following a New York state Public Service Commission investigation. The investigation began after a low-income advocacy group alleged the company was using unfair collection practices.
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation continues to replace select natural gas lines on an accelerated basis in communities throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley. It’s part of an initiative to address aging infrastructure.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that $790,000 is available for Mid-Hudson Valley municipalities to convert to LED streetlights. The idea is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the state reach its energy goals.
The New York State Assembly budget calls for the creation of a state Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate, an idea that has not been picked up the Senate in previous budgets but is being pushed by non-profit group AARP.
Wednesday’s snowstorm left more than 100,000 Hudson Valley residents without power. The hardest-hit areas included Dutchess and Ulster Counties, and Central Hudson Gas & Electric customers numbered about 45,000 of the estimated total.