Woodstock Times: Federal plan will hike rates for local customers

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's New Capacity Zone (NCZ) would extend the capacity price of electricity in high-demand New York City, raising rates for residents in Hudson Valley.

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For Central Hudson-Fortis customers, the new NCZ will result not only in higher rates but also in possible construction of massive new towers in the existing electrical right-of-way in Dutchess County. Besides expressing support for an alternative that would do neither, members of Citizens for Local Power (CLP), which hosted a meeting in the Ulster County office building late last month, told state electricity officials that the state was making a mistake in continuing to rely on gas-fired power plants rather that adopting a policy of encouraging greater use of renewables and greater energy efficiency.