YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Councilman Terrance Murphy is warning residents of a potential rise in energy costs due to the implementation of capacity zones.
"Citing a 20-percent utility hike for the Lower Hudson Valley," the state Public Service Commission has joined the fight against capacity zones, which went into effect May 1, according to a press release. The state is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, "who created and imposed the capacity zones, to delay the implementation for three years," according to the release.
"This is just another example of big government jumping before it looks," said Murphy, who is running for re-election to the Town Board and has been a vocal opponent of the capacity zones. "This looks and sounds very similar to the failed Common Core implementation; well-intentioned but causing more pain than good. The Lower Hudson Valley is already one of the most expensive places to live in America. This will drive more middle-class families out of our region and out of the state."
Murphy said that "by instituting a three-year delay," the state has a chance to "take a hard look at our energy infrastructure," according to the release.
"We already have an absurd amount of taxes and surcharges added onto our bills, Murphy said. "This could give us the opportunity to completely change the cost of energy in our state, making it more affordable, while pairing it with new alternative energy possibilities."