In a letter sent to the NYS Public Service Commission by the Ulster County-based non-profit organization, Citizens for Local Power (CLP), 131 elected officials from across the state have urged the Commission to reform the electricity rates of New York’s electric utilities by reducing the fixed charge, which can be up to five times higher than in neighboring states.
The NYS Public Service Commission will be holding a combination of public information sessions and hearings over the next three weeks to get public input on Central Hudson’s recently filed rate plan for 2017-2018, which cannot take effect until approved by the Commission. A rate plan sets the level of revenue that a utility can collect from customers through electricity and gas rates to run its business and also earn a PSC-approved return.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) has issued an order enabling Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) in all of New York State, empowering communities with the opportunity to negotiate contracts for more favorable rates and cleaner electricity supply. As the electricity markets are being reorganized under the progressive Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding, CCA will become a powerful tool for communities at the local level, especially for customers including homeowners and small business owners, to engage in a meaningful way.
On Thursday, November 12, the New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public hearing at Kingston High School on major utility and energy reform proposals, beginning with a presentation by PSC staff at 6 pm and followed by public statements for the record at 7 pm.
The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) is asking for public input on energy affordability and proposed reforms to its low-income programs. Hearings for the Central Hudson service territory will be held on Thursday, September 24, at Poughkeepsie Town Hall (1 Overocker Road), at two different times, and will be proceeded by information sessions: a 2 pm information session followed by a 3 pm public statement hearing; and a 6 pm information session followed by a 7 pm public statement hearing.
A proposal by Ulster County-based Citizens for Local Power (CLP) to investigate and develop a local power program as a demonstration project of the State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Initiative has been included as one of six demonstration projects recommended to the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) by the Parties to the Central Hudson rate case.
The campaign against the takeover of Central Hudson by Canadian holding company Fortis, Inc., has energized mid‐Hudson municipalities. Among those invited to participate in the press conference are the mayors and supervisors of the seven municipalities that have voted unanimously to oppose the takeover, and other public officials who have spoken out against it.
In an unusual move by the N.Y. Public Service Commission (PSC), additional public hearings have been scheduled on the proposed acquisition of Central Hudson by Fortis, Inc., a multinational holding company based in Canada. The first hearing will take place in Poughkeepsie in the Municipal Building on Wednesday, April 17, and the second will be held in Kingston at Kingston City Hall on Thursday, April 18—both at 7 pm.
This week local residents have a rare opportunity to express their views on how New York State’s energy system should work, and what kinds of changes they would like to see. On Wednesday, February 4, the Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a special Information Session and Public Statement Hearing in Kingston (Council Chambers, City Hall, 420 Broadway).
The State Public Service Commission is currently revamping New York's energy system, creating an opportunity for Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) in New York. An upcoming informational forum for municipal officials and the public, “Taking Control of Our Energy Supply: Community Choice Aggregation for Municipalities,” will bring together a panel of experts and local officials from CCAs in California and Massachusetts to discuss this innovative energy procurement program and its potential for our area.
Citizens for Local Power and the Towns of Marbletown, Rochester and Rosendale invite the public, press and local and county officials to attend an informational forum: “New Power Grid Issues in the Hudson Valley: How the New Capacity Zone and Proposed Transmission Upgrades Impact Our Communities.”
Citizens for Local Power (CLP) congratulates IBEW 320 on obtaining concessions from Central Hudson ahead of the decision on the proposed Fortis-Central Hudson merger, calling it “a victory and testament to the strength of the opposition to the deal.” At the same time, CLP warns that the security of jobs beyond the duration of the negotiated contract remains at risk, given the company’s financial profile and foreign investment track record.
Days after Citizens for Local Power (CLP) and the Municipal Consortium in Opposition filed a legal brief with the Public Service Commission, CLP is holding a press conference to discuss the overwhelming evidence provided in its brief--including court orders and signed affidavits from cases concerning Fortis operations in Belize--demonstrating that the proposed Fortis-Central Hudson merger is not in the public interest and should be rejected.