The ecosocialist working group is organizing a town hall on Monday, July 22, at 7:00 pm in Astoria, Queens, with Council member Costa Constantinides, to collect public testimony regarding Con Edison's current request to raise electricity and gas prices -- and other issues of energy democracy more broadly.
The town hall will be held in close proximity to multiple dirty gas generator stations.
Con Edison, the investor-owned utility for New York City, wants to raise prices for electricity and gas service in order to, among other things, invest in dirty fossil fuel infrastructure. Con Edison's costs to build and return profit to shareholders on relentless natural gas expansion is forced on all ratepayers; we are thus made complicit in the destruction of our own communities and natural ecosystems. Not to mention, Con Edison's rates are already nearly double the national average, and are the second highest residential rates of any major utility in the country. And this is to say nothing of the unsafe working conditions perpetuated by Con Edison, nor the unjust way any decisions regarding their company, which touches us all, have been made thus far.
The New York Public Service Commission, officially charged with defending our interests, has offered extremely limited opportunity for public, oral testimony on the matter, even after we asked them for basic considerations. So, we have had to take it upon ourselves to offer avenues for the rate payers and local residents affected by Con Edison's decisions to voice what they want.
At the town hall, after brief introductions and background information, we will open the floor for comments from attendees and conversation. A court reporter or other transcriber will be present and will submit all of the testimony from the evening to the Public Service Commission to be included within the formal set of documents of Con Edison's rate case.
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