Green Party joins group protesting electric rate hike in NY State

From the Syracuse Post-Standard (video included on website):

“Power for people, not for profit!” and “PSC doesn’t represent me!” were among the chants raised on the sidewalk at the building’s Erie Boulevard West entrance.

The coalition, activists from Syracuse United Neighbors, the Green Party, the Syracuse Peace Council and other group who want to bring a municipal utility to Syracuse, opposes a proposed $115 million electric rate hike for National Grid. The state Public Service Commission is to vote Thursday on the agreement…

In addition, the PSC itself should be investigated, said Howie Hawkins, former Green Party candidate for governor.

The proposal would make $50 million of the hike temporary, meaning it could be reversed if the audit finds that customers were overcharged.

“Guess what? The Public Service Commission has never, ever rejected a rate hike,” Hawkins said. “Do you think they’re going to rescind one?”

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