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Public Hearing on the Proposed NYSEG Rate Increase

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Just when you thought your energy bill was high enough...It could get even higher come next year. The NYSEG public hearing on the rate case was held tonight, August 15th.

"We are hear today to provide you with an overview of the refinance submitted by NYSEG on May 20th, 2019 with New York State Public Service Commission," said a NYSEG representative.

NYSEG began the meeting by explaining why they're proposing a 24 percent rate increase by April 2020.

These increases will up the average electric users bill by $11.30 per month and the average gas users bill by $2 per month.

NYSEG ensures customers their rates are still among the lowest in the state.

"Our goal is simple: to best serve our customers," said NYSEG.

NYSEG plans to use the additional funds from the rate increase for rebuilding infrastructure damaged by storms, implementing a vegetation management program for trees and branches around equipment, upgrading to smart meters in all users homes and business, and installing over 2,500 electric vehicle charging stations.

After the public information session, NYSEG hosted a question and answer session (Q&A) with attendees. Attendees included residents, local business owners, and members of construction and real estate communities.

Following the Q&A, there was a public statement hearing. Attendees made statements for the Public Service Commission's record to take into consideration when deciding whether or not to accept NSYEG's proposals.

There was economic concerns.

"A lot of NYSEG customers are already struggling to pay their bills. In Broome County, 17 percent of our residents are living in poverty, 7.5 percent of our seniors age 65 or more are living in poverty, and roughly 45 percent of the female head of households with children present are living in poverty. 65 percent of the children are qualifying for free or reduced cost lunch," said an representative from the Public Utility Law Project of New York (PULP.)

The were many environmental concerns.

"The NYSEG rate proposals, both electric and gas should be denied because the utilities goals do not align with climate science," said an attendee.

"The question of the expanded pipeline is very curious it stands it pretty blatant contradiction it would seem to New York state policy," said an attendee.

"To avoid future climate catastrophe this is not the way our future energy policy can be crafted," said an attendee.

"Make no, and I mean no, investments in gas infrastructure," said an attendee.

"NYSEG should focus on leading us into the next century with affordable energy, renewable energy, and help lower emissions," said an attendee.

Another public statement hearing on the matter scheduled for September 5th at the Yorktown Town Hall.