Rep. Tom Suozzi blasts ‘unreasonable’ Con Ed rate hikes of up to 19%

Publication: New York Post
By: Ariel Zilber
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Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi blasted Con Edison for plans to hike electricity and natural gas rates next year. CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi is blasting Con Edison for its “unreasonable” plans to hike utility bills for its 3.5 million customers in the New York metropolitan area by as much as 19% next year.

“New Yorkers already have some of the most expensive electric and gas bills in the nation,” Suozzi, the Democrat who is launching a long-shot bid for the party nomination for governor this year, wrote in a letter to Con Ed obtained by The Post.

“Asking my constituents to swallow a dramatic, single year increase to their electric and gas bill is unreasonable when they already pay nearly 50% more than the average U.S. household.”

Last week, Con Ed said that it would submit its investment plan for 2023 to the New York State Public Service Commission.

The utility is asking state regulators for permission to hike residents’ electric bills by 11.2%, while gas would cost a whopping 18.2% more starting next year.

The company says that the hikes are necessary in order to fund “investments in clean energy, as well as infrastructure upgrades that will help keep customers in service during severe weather.”