Environmental and consumer advocacy organizations have submitted a motion to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to dismiss the plans of New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) to raise their rates.
According to the organizations, the rate increase filings of both companies are “legally deficient” and full of errors, with “unjustified capital expenditures.” Additionally, the groups say that neither company has an interest in increasing rates, especially after many customers have complained about the billing issues with both companies.
Fossil Free Tompkins and the Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE) are among the organizations urging Governor Hochul and the PSC to intervene. Irene Weiser, coordinator of Fossil Free Tompkins, criticized the rate filings, saying that they reflect how little the companies care about their customers’ hard-earned money.
Meanwhile, AGREE Executive Director Jessica Azulay said that if the PSC does not dismiss the filings, it will indicate to utilities across New York State that evading public accountability is acceptable, which will cause New Yorkers to pay the price.
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