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Public Service Commission Adopts Central Hudson Rate Case Settlement – from the PSC press release – “The New York State Public Service Commission… today approved a three-year rate plan for Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp…customers that is dramatically lower than what the company initially requested. The Commission adopted a joint proposal signed by the company, Department staff, and environmental and business groups, that, among other things contains provisions to promote energy efficiency, demand response, geothermal deployment, and electrification options to meet customers’ energy needs while working to lower natural gas demand and further minimize the need for additional gas infrastructure.” NY-GEO was one of the signers of the Joint Proposal.
Congress Members Announce Bicameral Electrification Caucus – On November 16th, Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) announced the first-ever Electrification Caucus. The new, bicameral caucus will work to advance policies to accelerate widespread electrification. The lawmakers released…(a) statement highlighting the benefits of making electrification more accessible, including lowering energy bills, improving air quality and public health, addressing the climate crisis, and creating jobs: See the press release here.
NYC Environmental Protection Committee Holds Hearing on Gas Ban Bill- On November 17th, James Gennaro, head of the NY City Council Environmental Protection Committee, chaired a 5 hour+ hearing on Councilmember Alicka Ampry-Samuel’s bill that would essentially ban fossil fuels in new construction. The hearing featured both pro and con panelists, with the overwhelming testimony in support of the bill. NY-GEO Board member Zachary Fink and staffers John Rath and Bill Nowak testified.