Energy Surcharge Rips Off New Yorkers, Stringer Says

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer said on Sunday that New Yorkers are being ripped off by a surcharge on their Con Ed bills.

Stringer said that a “little-known surcharge” has taken $342 million from the city via Con Ed bills for renewable energy projects, but less than $8 million in jobs has been returned to the city.

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Instead, the money has gone to projects like a wind farm in Pennsylvania and a hydro energy project in Quebec, Stringer said.

“We’ve been funding this pool for year—some $350 million we’ve contributed to as New York City residents,” he said, adding that it’s a ripoff. “We only get 1 percent of those renewable projects.”

Stringer added that those projects generated $2.1 billion for the economy in those areas and not for New York City.

Stringer wants a bigger portion of that fund spent here in New York City on clean energy projects like solar power.

Con Ed spokesman Allan Drury agreed, but said the company doesn’t control how the funds it collects are spent. Those decisions, Drury said, are made by state agencies.

“We would like to see more of the money coming to the downstate region, and have been in touch with NYSERDA and the PSC about that,” Drury said, referring to two agencies.

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  1. Rod in says:

    Politicians like Stringer has been stringing along people for years. People should get a refund.

  2. DR. MENGLE,GOT TWINS? says:

    IT TOOK HIM THIS LONG TO WAKE UP! IDIOT THEY ARE A MONOPOLY..NO NOT A GAME…IF I REMEMBER WELL THEY GAVE THEMSELVES AN 18% INCREASE..WHAT A NAME FOR THEM..CON….EDISON…

  3. Trishe says:

    PIGS!!

  4. nathan says:

    who are these ppl from this STARION that came to my door and tried to scam me to switch?

  5. El j says:

    This should have been thought of when the agreement was made. At least one politician is on the ball. The surcharge should be immediately modified.

  6. damian says:

    if they are collecting from us here, they should be investing it all here in nyc. They should also start to lower our rate once the alt energy source is in place here.

  7. Russ says:

    a simple minded approach to energy needs for a city and population of 20 million people from a political hack…

  8. kendra says:

    oh so that is the reason that they don,t read the meters in the tenement buildings so that they could collect all off of the estimated bills ..i knew just to good to be true…

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