The New York State Public Service Commission will be holding public hearings next week on the gas and electric delivery rate increase request that Con Edison filed on Jan. 31.
The utility is asking for an average 8.6% increase in its charges for delivering electricity to customers and an average 14.5% increase in gas delivery rates. Con Ed estimates customers would pay an extra $485 million for electricity delivery and $210 million more for gas delivery.
Con Edison has continued to come under criticism from several quarters in recent months because of the suddenly-imposed moratorium on new natural gas hookups in most of Westchester County and its sluggish response to past storm-related electric outages.
The rate hike hearings are set for:
• June 25 – An informational session will be followed by a public hearing at the Grinton I. Will Branch of the Yonkers Public Library, 1500 Central Park Ave., in Yonkers. The first session begins at 1 p.m. and a second session begins at 6 p.m.
• June 26 – Informational sessions begin at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the New York State Department of Public Service, 90 Church St., Manhattan with public hearings to follow.
It is not necessary to sign up in advance in order to be heard. Comments also can be submitted online at the commission’s website, dps.ny.gov or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The case number 19-E-0065 should be used for electricity delivery rate comments and 19-G-0066 for comments on the gas rate case.