Commission Modifies Proposed Suez Rate Settlement to Lower Increase
PSC Cuts Nearly $1M from Initial Proposal; Strengthens Water Conservation Efforts
The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission), after carefully considering significant public comments and concerns, decided not to accept a three-year proposal that would have raised water rates for Suez Water New York, Inc. customers in Rockland County by more than $5 million annually. Instead, the Commission modified the plan and reduced the proposed rate increase by $960,000 over the next three years. The Commission also strengthened conservation and leak-reduction programs, and created a first-of-its-kind rebate program to assist low-income water customers.
“After carefully reviewing the terms that were initially proposed, and the arguments for and against it, we opted to adopt a rate plan that strikes a better balance for customers,” said Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman. “Our decision encourages Suez to improve system efficiency by implementing cutting-edge, proactive water-loss and conservation management practices. The public demanded reductions in the proposed rates along with greater efforts to strengthen conservation and demand reduction, and we agree. This decision is a win for Suez customers.”
The decision may be obtained by going to the Commission Documents section of the Commission’s Web site at www.dps.ny.gov and entering Case Number 16-W-0130 in the input box labeled "Search for Case/Matter Number". Many libraries offer free Internet access. Commission documents may also be obtained from the Commission’s Files Office, 14th floor, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223 (518-474-2500). If you have difficulty understanding English, please call us at 1-800-342-3377 for free language assistance services regarding this press release.
Please see the pdf version of the press release dated January 24, 2016: