AARP New York is continuing its fight against a proposed double-digit increase in energy delivery rates, which would raise the average customer’s bill by more than $200 a year.
National Grid, which supplies energy to much of upstate New York, wants to raise electric and gas delivery rates by 17.5 and 20.5 percent, respectively. The request came just as National Grid’s rates were approaching the national average.
AARP volunteers spoke out at public hearings this summer, arguing the increase would be unaffordable for middle-class and low-income New Yorkers, especially those on fixed incomes. The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) is scheduled to rule on the increase in April.
AARP urges members to voice opposition by contacting the PSC via the action alert at aarp.org/NYNationalGrid or by calling 844-656-6822.