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Buffalo News: National Fuel Gas Co. proposes freezing delivery rates

national-fuel-gas-co-logoDavid Robinson of The Buffalo News reported on National Fuel Gas Co.’s request that state regulators freeze its delivery rates for three years. The proposal would extend National Fuel’s current delivery rates through May 2016. National Fuel has been a member of The Business Council since 1967.

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Bill memo: Let 18-a sunset

Oppose Button-IconIn the interest of electric and gas customers, The Business Council of the State of New York opposes the extension of 18-a utility assessment ( a hidden tax on utility ratepayers).

The following bill memo was written by Darren Suarez, director of government affairs responsible for issues related to energy and the environment:

The Business Council of the State of New York is opposed to S.2608A/A3008A Part N, which would extend the Temporary State Energy and Utility Service Conservation Assessment (often referred to as 18-a).  In 2009, when this temporary fee was imposed, there was an explicit promise to the people of the state that this assessment would not be permanent.

The provision (Part N) would extend the 2 percent assessment, which was scheduled to be reduced to 1 percent this year. Extending the fee will cost all energy consumers (businesses, governments, schools, non-profits and residences) in the state $236 million in 2014 and $472 million each year for the next four years.

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Write to Darren Suarez at darren.suarez@bcnys.org

[message_box title=”Support the Removal of a Hidden Energy Tax – Let 18a Sunset” color=”red”]A quick look at  your electric energy bill will reveal the “Temporary State Assessment Surcharge.” This assessment was scheduled to be reduced this year, saving electric consumers over $200 million. Extending the fee will cost all energy consumers (businesses, governments, schools, non-profits and residences) in the State $236 million in 2014 and $2.8 billion over the next six years.

Tell Governor Cuomo  New Yorkers pay nearly the highest energy costs in the nation. Electricity is the lifeblood of our economy and must not be burdened by additional taxes, fees, or assessments.

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Business Council Coalition to Governor Cuomo: End 18-a utility tax

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
The New York State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

For the third straight year, the Executive Budget shows an unprecedented commitment to fiscal discipline. The proposed budget contains numerous provisions intended to address the critical matters of the state.

The associations listed below, which represent numerous interests in New York, are writing to urge the reconsideration of the extension of the Temporary State Energy and Utility Service Conservation Assessment (often referred to as 18-a). The provision (Part N) would extend the 2 percent assessment, which was scheduled to be reduced to 1 percent this year.  Extending the fee will cost all energy consumers (businesses, governments, schools, non-profits and residences) in the state $236 million in 2014 and a total of $2.8 billion over the next six years.

When this temporary fee was imposed, there was an explicit promise to the people of the state that this assessment would not be permanent. Please utilize the 21-day amendments process to amend the 2013-14 Executive Budget recommendation and remove TED Part N.

18-a Coalition