ALBANY – The New York State Public
Service Commission Wednesday approved a three-year electric and gas rate
plan for Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation. Rates will go up
on July 1. The last time rates were increased was in 2012.
The plan is an alternative to the one-year plan first proposed by the
utility, which would have increased annual revenues for electric customers
by $40.1 million and $5.9 million for natural gas customers.
The three-year plan, the PSC said, reduces the proposed increases by making
use of available customer credits, a move that the agency said will significantly
lower the overall impact on customers.
In 2015, electric rates will increase $2.3 million, up 0.3 percent or
38-cents a month on an average residential bill while gas rates will decrease
$721,000, 0.3 percent or 33-cents a month for the average residential
In 2016, electric rates will increase $17 million, up 3.4 percent or $3.86
a month for the average residential customer, while gas rates will increase
$5.4 million, one percent, or $1.19 a month for the average residential
In 2017, electric rates will go up $24.1 million, up 4.8 percent or $5.58
per month for the average residential customer, while rate rates will
increase $6 million, 4.3 percent, or $4.96 per month for the average residential
The proposal also allows the company to create a major storm reserve,
which lessens customer impact of repairing infrastructure damage from
storms, creates a new incentive program to convert customers to natural
gas, expands the removal of leak prone pipe, and incentivizes the utility
to reduce residential service termination.