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Hearing set in lawsuits over Hudson Valley utility pricing zone

By: Jessica DiNapoli |

The U.S. Court of Appeals scheduled a hearing for June 3 in New York City on lawsuits filed by the state Public Service Commission and Central Hudson Gas & Electric against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over a new pricing zone.

FERC must respond to the lawsuits by May 27, according to the scheduling order.

The hearing will be held at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse at 40 Foley Square in Manhattan.
In individual lawsuits filed Monday, the PSC and Central Hudson ask a judge to stop auctions for capacity, or the availability of power, under the new pricing zone.

The PSC and Central Hudson also ask a judge to require FERC, which approved the zone, to make a decision on other petitions they filed against it.

The pricing zone, which went into effect May 1, is expected to raise residential electricity bills in Central Hudson’s territory by about 6 percent.

Orange and Rockland Utilities expects the spike will be about 5 percent in its territory.