ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Several environmental and consumer advocacy organizations have filed a motion with the Public Service Commission to dismiss NYSEG and RG&E plans to increase rates.
In a statement released Wednesday, several organizations argued that the filings from the two companies are “legally deficient,” full of errors, and that the filings have “unjustified capital expenditures”
In addition, the organizations also say that it is not in either companies’ interest to increase their rates after many customers have come forward criticizing the billing problems they have experienced with both RG&E and NYSEG.
Organizations such as Fossil Free Tompkins and Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE) are calling on the Public Service Commission and Governor Hochul to step in.
“These sloppy rate filings show how little regard this monopoly utility has for people’s hard-earned money. They can’t even get their billing right, yet they have the audacity to ask for huge rate increases,” said Irene Weiser, coordinator of Fossil Free Tompkins.
“If the PSC does not dismiss this filling, it will signal to utilities across New York State that evading public accountability is acceptable, and New Yorkers will pay the cost,” added Jessica Azulay, AGREE’s executive director.
Avangrid, the company that owns the two utilities, released a statement saying they disagree with the motion of dismissal, adding that NYSEG and RG&E documented their needs to accomplish their goals in the proposal The company says they intend to file a response:
“NYSEG and RG&E’s proposed plan will enable much-needed investment in the Companies’ infrastructure, provide for a better customer experience, and provide benefits for the Companies’ most vulnerable customers. It also re-affirms the Companies’ commitment to build more economic, social, and environmentally sustainable communities throughout the areas we serve. In short, it will allow us to accomplish our top priority, which is to provide safe, reliable electric and natural gas service to our customers. NYSEG and RG&E have sufficiently documented their needs in order to accomplish the goals outlined in the proposed rate plan. We disagree with the motion and intend to file a response.”