Letter: Why Did Price of My Electricity Double?

To: Steven V. Lant, President
Central Hudson
284 South Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Dear Mr. Lant,

I was astonished to receive my current electric bill and to note that the price for one kWh had more than doubled since the previous billing period. As are many of your customers, I am a single woman over 70 on a fixed yearly income. I carefully budget expenses for the entire year. For the last seven years, since I have been a customer, my yearly bills from Central Hudson have been about $3,500. I budgeted $4,000 for 2014. It would appear that I will exceed this amount by the next billing period. The only way I can afford the doubling of my electric bill is to give up all my charitable donations, as I have no other discretionary income.

How much does this shocking raise in rates per kWh have to do with the acquisition of Central Hudson by Fortis in June 2013? In any event I am unable to pay the full amount and also my mortgage for this month, so I enclose my check for $1,500 as the kWhs for this billing period were only 15 more than last.

In the interest of other customers in my situation, I am sending a copy of this letter to the editor of Philipstown.info/the Paper.

May Brawley Hill

3 thoughts on “Letter: Why Did Price of My Electricity Double?

  1. I am so glad you wrote this and I do hope you get and share the response from Central Hudson. Their last bill caused much shock and stress for many of us. I am hoping people will share info an alternate energy solutions.

  2. According to the New York Public Service Commission pricing for electricity is directly tied to the price of natural gas. Because of the long and very cold winter we just spent, both demand for electricity and the price of natural gas has been very high state-wide. This has been the case for the past several months. As a result of the high price of natural gas, and the high demand for electricity, prices for electricity have been high.

    Some good news: The price of electricity is forecast to decrease with coming of spring’s more moderate temperatures, and the subsequent reduction in demand for electricity (and the natural gas that is used to create it).

    Small help: Central Hudson is said to work out payment plans with customers overwhelmed by recent price increases. Those customers should call Central Hudson’s Customer Service to discuss that option. That number is: (845) 452-2700.

    If Central Hudson is not responsive to those requests, Customers are encouraged to contact the New York State Public Service Commission as follows:

    You can file a complaint online, comment on Commission proceedings or Ask-A-Question by sending an email about your utility service to [email protected].

    By telephone:
    Helpline (general complaints and inquiries): 1-800-342-3377
    (8:30 am – 4 pm)
    Competitive Energy Hotline complaints about Energy Service Companies: 888-697-7728
    (8:30 am – 4 pm)
    Hotline for terminations of gas or electric service: 800-342-3355
    (7:30 am – 7:30 pm)

    By mail:
    Office of Consumer Services
    NYS Department of Public Service
    3 Empire State Plaza
    Albany, NY 12223

  3. I am in the same boat — and I, also, thought something was wrong that I did. Thank goodness this was explained. But I’m still upset.