january, 2020

16jan9:30 am1:30 pmNo Con Ed rate hike for fracked gas stranded assets

Event Details

As the climate emergency heats up worldwide, the NYS Public Service Commission will decide whether to approve the Joint Proposal for the Con Ed rate case. The Joint Proposal not only raises how much customers will pay for electricity and gas, it also will spend some of that money on outrageous expansions of gas infrastructure!

-Con Ed makes money for its investors by charging customers (via the rates we pay) to build capital projects — like pipelines. Con Ed wants to save their business model by locking us into decades more of fracked gas use at a time when climate science says we need to be getting off all fossil fuels.

-Con Ed wants to spend hundreds of millions of ratepayer dollars to expand pipelines in the Bronx/Westchester, Queens and Manhattan. They also want to spend nearly $65 million ratepayer dollars to “modernize” an LNG facility in Astoria Queens.

-We say not a single dollar should be spent on fracked gas infrastructure that will contribute to climate change and will soon become stranded assets that we the ratepayers will be stuck paying for. This is not a wise investment of our money. We should not be made to fund our destruction.

-Instead of spending over a billion dollars of ratepayer money to expand and extend the life of fracked gas infrastructure, Con Ed should be working to reduce gas demand through energy efficiency, conservation, beneficial electrification, and retiring the old pipelines and replacing them with renewable heating systems, like ground source (geothermal) and air source heat pumps.

Gather to watch and hold signs at 9:30am Jan 16, 2020
Public Service Commission Meeting (starts at 10:30am)
Empire State Plaza
Agency Building 3
19th Floor Boardroom
Albany, NY

Press conference hosted by Renewable Heat Now at 1:30pm in the LCA Pressroom: Legislative Office Building (LOB) Room 130.

(There will probably be time to grab lunch in the Concourse before the 1:30pm press conference and bring it with you to LOB Room 130. It’s also fine to bring lunch from home.)

If you are reading this before 5pm Dec 20, please take a moment to write a comment to the PSC about this rate case using the talking points below! You don’t have to be a Con Ed customer to comment. https://actionnetwork.org/letters/con-ed-corporate-utility-wants-more-public-money-for-more-fossil-fuels

The world is watching what New York will do. The time to act is NOW. Let’s make sure NYS regulators and Governor Cuomo know we are watching them and that we hold them accountable for serving the PUBLIC’s interest and protecting the planet – not protecting the utilities’ bottom line.



(Thursday) 9:30 am - 1:30 pm


Public Service Commission Meeting Empire State Plaza Agency Building 3 19th Floor Boardroom Albany, NY


Renewable Heat Nowhttps://renewableheatnow.org/contact/