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Senator Webb and State Senate Majority Passes Legislation Protecting Ratepayers


Senator Webb and the Senate Democratic Majority finalized legislation that protects ratepayers throughout New York State, countering the affordability crisis. This initiative targets utility companies, addressing rising costs burdening working families. The bills prioritize consumer interests, ensuring fairness and transparency in utility billing.

Key measures include evaluating economic impacts of rate changes, improving meter reading accuracy, and streamlining re-enrollment for low-income home energy assistance. Moreover, the legislation strengthens storm response protocols and mandates standardized equity ratio calculation to prevent unjustified rate hikes.

One bill, sponsored by Senator Kevin Parker, directs a study on utilities; disclosure of late payments to credit reporting agencies, aiming to shed light on potential impacts. Another measure limits fixed charges, ensuring residential fees only cover essential operational costs. Senator Liz Krueger’s NY HEAT Act aligns utility regulations with state climate goals and repeals outdated provisions, including the 100-foot gas line rule.

Additionally, Senator James Skoufis proposes civil penalties for utilities providing false statements to the Public Service Commission during rate-making proceedings. These initiatives take a multifaceted approach to protecting consumers and promoting accountability within New York’s utility sector.

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