Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston), chairman of the Assembly’s Energy Committee, Friday called on the state Public Service Commission not to approve Central Hudson Gas and Electric corporation’s latest rate request.
Cahill said the utility is should be tightening its own belt to keep a lid on costs to consumers.
“I understand that Central Hudson has no control over the cost of the commodities that they deliver, but they sure are in a position to streamline, economize and make due like the rest of us are, with what they have in this economy,” he said. Cahill said he hopes the PSA rejects completely, the Central Hudson rate increase.
Cahill said the utility is looking to “once again clobber ratepayers with the third increase in the last five years.” And he said he doesn’t buy their argument that consumer conservation is, in part, causing the need to raise rates.