What you should know about RG&E’s proposed rate hikes

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A series of public hearings are being held by The New York State Public Service Commission in response to the proposed rate increases by Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E).

In the summer heat, Rochester residents like Gabe Kinem turn up the air conditioning and he’s not thrilled with the prospect of paying more to stay comfortable, but he doesn’t see a better option.

“Not positive, obviously. I don’t think anybody really wants their rates to go up. Furthermore, if I’m not mistaken RE&E is the only power company around. So it’s kinda like you have no choice but to just pay more for the same thing,” Kinem said..

RG&E filed a rate case with the New York State Public Service Commission. They cite a changing residential landscape and aging infrastructure as some of the reasons.

If the increases are approved residential customers could see an increase of $2.86 per month for electric and $1.56 per month for gas.

The proposed rate increase wouldn’t take effect until April of 2020, but some residents say they are already dealing with enough.

“I would be, I am upset if it’s going to happen,” said Rochester Resident Rachel Toleand.

“Nobody wants to pay more for anything like that,” said Jeremy Doehler a Rochester resident.

“I don’t want the rates to go up. the water already gonna up, food is going up. I’ve heard politicians say that there is no inflation and I’m just wondering why they’re thinking that when I see prices going up. So yeah I would be bothered by it,” said Kim Schlafer, a Rochester resident.

New York State has a deregulated energy market, meaning there are other energy suppliers available to residents. Information on those can be found online.

The RG&E rate increases still need to be approved by the state public service commission.

A series of public information sessions are taking place this month.
In these, residents can hear about the proposal and ask questions of RG&E representatives. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

City of Rochester City Council Chambers
30 Church Street
Rochester, New York 14614

Afternoon Information Session: 1:30 P.M.
Afternoon Public Statement Hearing: 2:30 P.M.

Evening Information Session: 6:00 P.M.
Evening Public Statement Hearing: 7:00 P.M.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Keene Valley Public Library
1796 NYS Route 73
Keene Valley, New York 12943

Information Session: 1:00 P.M.
Public Statement Hearing: 2:00 P.M.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tompkins County Public Library
Borg Warner Room, 101 E. Green Street
Ithaca, New York 14850

Information Session: 1:00 P.M.
Public Statement Hearing: 2:00 P.M.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Binghamton City Hall Council Chambers
38 Hawley Street
Binghamton, New York 13901

Information Session: 5:00 P.M.
Public Statement Hearing: 6:00 P.M.

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