National Grid recently announced that it is looking to raise rates, a move that will negatively impact families and businesses across Upstate New York. Residential electric customers could see their monthly bill increase by $8.93 - an 11 percent hike - and gas customers would see a monthly increase of $8.70 - a 12.5 percent increase. "The proposed hike would have a significant and possibly devastating impact for far too many families," said Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. "That's about $210 more each year that households, already struggling to get by, would have to come up with."
In a letter to National Grid's President of New York Operations Kenneth Daly, Assemblyman Santabarbara calls the company's proposal "unacceptable" and urged its withdrawal. In a similar letter he is urging members of the Public Service Commission to consider the impact of utility rate increases and to reject the proposal. "If National Grid's proposal is approved the average Upstate New York customer's utility bill will increase by over $17 per month. That is simply unacceptable," said Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. "As a member of the State Assembly's Committee on Energy, I take very seriously the impacts of any rate increases on residents and their ability to afford their utility bill," Santabarbara added. "I'm deeply concerned by the impact such a rate hike would have on families and seniors who are already struggling to balance their family budgets."
Add your voice, say NO to National Grid rate hikes!
- Sign Assemblyman Santabarbara's Petition
- Share the link with family, friends and neighbors
- Call the New York Public Service Commission at 1-800-335-2120 and tell them to reject National Grid's proposal