High utility bills have you concerned? Join us on Wednesday, March 16th at 6:30PM for this webinar and discussion: “Know Your Utility Rights” webinar and discussion with The Public Utility Law Project (PULP)
This winter has brought historically high energy bills to our region. Maybe you’ve seen some of the local media coverage. Or maybe NYSEG has sent you an outrageously high bill. The combination of the cold winter weather and global price spikes for so-called natural gas (aka fracked gas) have led to shocking utility bills for many of us. This is not only a local issue, but a regional and global one as well. One thing for sure, this price spike highlights the importance of ending our reliance on fossil fuels as soon as possible!
These high bills come at a truly terrible time for many households. According to The Public Utility Law Project (PULP): There are now almost 1.3 million New York households trapped in arrears owing more than $1.7 billion in energy utility costs and hundreds of millions of dollars more in telephone, water, and broadband utility arrears. New York’s utility consumer debt crisis is dire. Between the onset of the pandemic’s economic impacts in February of 2020, and December of 2021, as shown in the attached energy consumer arrears analysis, energy utility consumers’ debt increased by more than $960 million.
If you are a constituent of Anna Kelles', her office is collecting information from constituents in order to better understand recent NYSEG billing concerns. Fill out this short survey to let her know what you are experiencing. If you have a different Assemblyperson, you might want to reach out to them.
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By Gerri Wiley, HeatSmart volunteer and Energy Navigator
Yes, energy prices are rising…Supply is low…Demand is high…It’s cold.
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