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Schumer, local officials call on FERC to reverse new energy capacity zone

NEW PALTZ – A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order creating a new capacity zone in New York would unfairly hike electric rates in the region so US Senator Charles Schumer urged the agency to undo the policy. The New York Independent System Operator, which administers the state’s transmission network, asked FERC for the new zone.

The senator was in New Paltz and Poughkeepsie on Thursday, joined by local officials, to call for the capacity zone concept to be scrapped.

“This is an outrageous proposal and I am here today to announce that I will do everything that I can to oppose it,” Schumer said.

If it kicks in, the new zone would raise electric prices by five percent to 10 percent, he said.

The new zone is set take effect on May 1 and the senator asked FERC to undo the order and reject the proposed rate increases before they take effect.