Daily Freeman: State commission sets rules for public acquisition of streetlights, potentially lowering municipal costs

CLP's Jennifer Metzger comments on the PSC order that would set the rules for municipality acquisition of streetlights. 

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“Right now, the utilities have all of the power between the utilities and municipalities in the purchase process because they control or have all the information that municipalities need to make informed decisions about what is reasonable and what is not reasonable,” said Citizens for Local Power spokeswoman Jennifer Metzger, who is also a Rosendale Town Board member.
“So we were seeking to make sure that all of the costs that utilities were imposing were reasonable and related to the actual cost of service,” she said. “All of the utilities have their own arcane way of doing things that is different from one utility to the next. So we were calling for standardization, much greater transparency, and fairness with respect to costs.”