AARP: Energy Even Less Affordable With PSC Approval of $1.2 Billion Con Ed Rate Hike

Posted on 01/16/20

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Low Income and Middle Class families take the hit.

ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel today released the following statement about the New York State Public Service Commission’s (PSC) approval of a $1.2 billion, three-year Consolidated Edison rate hike that will raise residential customers’ delivery rates by 25% on gas used for cooking, 34% on gas used for heating, and 16% on electricity:

“New York State has an energy affordability problem, and today it got worse with the actions of the PSC. AARP was hoping Governor Cuomo would weigh in as he has in the past when Con Ed ratepayers and other New Yorkers have faced a massive hit like this to their wallets, but he said nothing - very disappointing.

This Con Ed case is further evidence of the uneven playing field that exists in New York when it comes to consumer representation before the Public Service Commission. Without an act of leadership, residential ratepayers will continue to be outnumbered and their needs underrepresented.”

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