New York lawmaker calls for moratorium on home energy bill hikes

Democratic Congressman Angelo Santabarbara is calling for a moratorium on home energy bill increases in New York state amid soaring gas and electric prices last winter.

The measure announced Wednesday would pause gas and electricity price increases for consumers over the next four years for utilities that have received a rate plan approved by the state Civil Service Commission. of New York in 2021.

A two-year freeze on rate increases would be put into effect for all other companies.

“While families are still recovering from last winter’s spike in heating expenses, rising home utility costs are a major concern that needs to be addressed,” Santabarbara said. This legislation will prevent companies from raising the prices of household utilities during this period of economic recovery.

One million energy customers in New York owe more than $1.2 billion in arrears to utility companies in December. This number has probably increased since then.

A Siena College poll released in February found that home energy costs are a concern for 76% of New York State residents.

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