Issues: Energy

Senator Gianaris Introduces Ratepayer Protection Act

Targets Companies That Unfairly Raise Electric Rates

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris announced that he will be introducing legislation to safeguard New Yorkers against unfair increases to electricity bills. The proposal, dubbed “The Ratepayer Protection Act” eliminates property tax exemptions and abatements for power-generating corporations that unfairly raise their rates. The legislation was introduced in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) decision to approve a rate hike by power generating companies in New York.

Recently, FERC approved the 12% increase in electricity rates for New York City residents and a 17.5% increase for New York City businesses, which would be implemented on May 28, 2011.

April 11, 2011
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Senator Maziarz participates in LIPA hearing

Senator Maziarz, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, held a hearing with a number of his colleagues to question Long Island Power Authority officials about LIPA's overbilling of customers.

April 11, 2011
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Lawmakers Hold Public Hearing on Overcharging By LIPA

Senator Jack M. Martins took part in a Senate hearing on providing oversight of LIPA. Watch News 12's coverage of the hearing. 

April 10, 2011
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LaValle Calls for PSC Oversight of LIPA

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, at left, addresses Michael Hervey, Chief Operating Officer, LIPA  about his recently passed bill (S2581) requiring the State’s Public Service Commission to approve any LIPA rate increases over 2.5%. Hervey argued against the bill which now must pass the Assembly and be signed by the Governor. The LIPA Hearing, held April 7 at Farmingdale State College was chaired by Senator George Maziarz, to the right of LaValle. Michael Hervey addresses the committee at right.

April 8, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING ON IMPROVING OVERSIGHT & ACCOUNTABILITY OF LIPA

Hearing Examines LIPA’s $367 Million Ratepayer Overcharge and Measures Needed to Make LIPA More Accountable  

April 7, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Room 709 LOB

April 12, 1:30 PM - 1:33 PM
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Could electric rates double over 3 years?

Queens Chronicle wrote an article about the electricity rate increases and power companies' property tax cuts that will affect all New Yorkers. I am calling on the federal government to reverse this decision.

Federal regulators are reconsidering a decision that could hike electric rates in the city 16 percent this year for residential customers and 21.5 percent for businesses, though there’s no guarantee they’ll change their minds, a state senator from Queens said this week.

April 7, 2011
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Pol out to switch off rate hike

The New York Post wrote an article today on legislation Senator Gianaris has authored and will introduce to the Senate in response to the electricity rate increases. His bill is called the Ratepayer Protection Act.

A Queens lawmaker wants to pull the plug on the looming electricity rate hike.

The city's private power-plant operators would have to return every extra penny they collect from a rate increase approved by a recent federal ruling to households and businesses, according to state legislation being formulated by Democratic state Sen. Michael Gianaris.

Read the full article here.

April 7, 2011
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Gianaris Fights Electricity Rate Increase

Queens Gazette wrote an article on the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee's passage of drastic electricity rate increases. I am calling on the agency to reconsider and reverse this move since it will only cause New Yorkers to dig deeper into their pockets and further fill the pockets of power company executives.

April 6, 2011
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More oversight of Long Island Power Authority


The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2581) to increase accountability and reduce unregulated rate increases by the Long Island Power Authority. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), addresses costly rate hikes of more than 30 percent since 2001 by requiring state Public Service Commission notification and review of certain rate increases of more than 2.5 percent.

April 6, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO INCREASE OVERSIGHT OF LIPA

Legislation Would Require LIPA to Obtain PSC Approval Before Raising Rates 

April 4, 2011
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Senator Fuschillo Votes for Greater Oversight of LIPA

Senator Fuschillo votes in favor of legislation to give new protections LIPA customers, who pay some of the highest utility bills in the country.

The legislation would require LIPA to obtain approval from the State Public Service Commission before raising rates more than 2.5% in a 12 month period. The legislation is needed to create greater oversight, transparency, and accountability of LIPA's rate practices.

Click here for more information about the legislation.

April 4, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Provide More Oversight of LIPA Rate Hikes

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2581) to increase accountability and reduce unregulated rate increases by the Long Island Power Authority. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins addresses costly rate hikes of more than 30 percent since 2001 by requiring state Public Service Commission notification and review of certain rate increases of more than 2.5 percent.

“LIPA has raised its rates seven times since 2001. If LIPA wants to raise its rates more than 2.5 percent within a year’s time, they should have to explain the reason. The end result will be a greater oversight, which will benefit our residents and business owners,” said Senator Martins.

April 4, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Provide More Oversight of LIPA Rate Hikes

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2581) to increase accountability and reduce unregulated rate increases by the Long Island Power Authority. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), addresses costly rate hikes of more than 30 percent since 2001 by requiring state Public Service Commission notification and review of certain rate increases of more than 2.5 percent. “Long Islanders pay among the highest utility rates in the country,” Senator LaValle said. “Accountability and transparency are critically important to protect ratepayers.”

April 4, 2011
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LaValle Bill: LIPA Must Get Public Service Commission Approval Before Hiking Rates.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) passed legislation today (S2581) that would make rates fair, just and transparent. Under LaValle’s bill the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) would be required to seek approval by the Public Service Commission (PSC) if LIPA seeks a rate increase by more than two and a half percent per year.   If enacted, the PSC would be required to review and approve LIPA's rate increase requests before they are passed on to Long Island ratepayers.

April 4, 2011
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Where Do You Stand On Indian Point Nuclear Facility?

In the wake of the natural disasters that have devastated Japan and have unleashed a nuclear threat upon a reeling population, the threat of nuclear disaster at Indian Point, a nuclear facility in our own backyard, deserves critical consideration.  In 2013 Indian Point will undergo review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) which will determine whether or not their operating license will be renewed, a critical moment in which the plant will either remain open or be closed.

Located just 25 miles north of New York City, Indian Point rests above the convergence of two fault lines. Alarmingly, a recent US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) report revealed that Indian Point’s reactor 3 has the highest risk of earthquake damage of the 104 active nuclear plants.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Fights Electricity Rate Increase

Sends letter to the federal government requesting reconsideration

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is fighting the passage of a drastic increase to electricity rates in New York City. He is calling for the federal government to reconsider its decision to increase electricity rates by 12 percent for residents and by 17.5 percent for businesses Such a rate hike would cause major increases to monthly electricity bills, which could hurt the ability of residents and businesses to pay their expenses. He has sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting that they re-evaluate the necessity of this increase.

April 4, 2011
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Bloomberg Rails Against Government’s Attempted ‘Power’ Play

Here is the video of my interview with Marcia Kramer on the increased electricity rates that will affect all New Yorkers.

April 4, 2011
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Public Hearing: To examine contingency plans for the Indian Point Power Plant in case of a natural disaster, as well as to assess the overall impact of the facility on the reliability of the electrical grid and the local economy

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and TelecommunicationsChair: Senator George D. MaziarzSponsors: Senator Greg Ball and Senator David CarlucciPublic Hearing: To examine contingency plans for the Indian Point Power Plant in case of a natural disaster, as well as to assess the overall impact of the facility on the reliability of the electrical grid and the local economyPlace: Stony Point Community Center, 5 Clubhouse Lane, Stony Point, New YorkTime: 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2024Media Contact: Adam Tableski (518) 455-2024 (Senator Maziarz)

May 12, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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