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Hoyt Opposes Residential Electric Rate Hike

Sam Hoyt (D-Buffalo, Grand Island) sent a letter to the Public Service
Commission (PSC) stating his strong opposition to steep rate increases proposed
by NYSEG.  The PSC is holding a hearing in Albany today to determine
whether or not the proposal for a rate increase can move forward.

“Our economy
is reeling from the long lasting impact of a recession and it seems callous and
unfair to expect utility customers to pay the outrageous rate increases NYSEG
is demanding,” said Hoyt.

proposes raising the residential electric rate 18.6% and raising the
residential gas heating rate 17.4%.  Estimates indicate that this could
raise the electric bill for families by as much as $12 per month for
electricity and $25 per month for natural gas.   NYSEG serves 870,000
residential customers across Upstate New York.  (See Niagara Gazette story.)

Hoyt said “Natural
gas prices have gone down with most other utilities and transmission costs for
electric and gas have also dropped.  Asking for such large rate increases
during a time of national financial hardship and high unemployment rates,
particularly considering how hard economic difficulties have hit Upstate New
York, is just wrong.”


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