Central Hudson Asks to Raise Rates

Hearing in Newburgh on Oct. 16

Central Hudson has asked state regulators to let it raise rates on electricity and gas.

If approved, the plan would increase the average residential electricity bill by about $4.19 per month, based on 560 kWh of usage at July prices, the company said. The average residential electric bill is $112 per month, it said.

For natural gas heat, the increase would bump the average bill up $5.54 per month, based on 69 ccf of usage and July prices, it said. The average residential natural gas bill is $117 per month.

The utility says the increase would raise $61 million to fund infrastructure improvements, information technology systems, staff training, four years of distribution line clearance, five years of transmission line maintenance and discounts for low-income customers.

The state Public Service Commission will hear comments on the proposal on Monday, Oct. 16, at Newburgh Town Hall, 1496 Route 300. Information sessions will be held at 2 and 6 p.m. and hearings will be conducted at 3 and 7 p.m.

Comments also can be sent by Oct. 20 referencing “Cases 17-E-0459, 17-G-0460 — Central Hudson Gas and Electric Rates” by email to [email protected] or by mail to NYS Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350.

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