Bill credits — as small as $3 — coming to New Yorkers who lost power after Sandy

Posted at 8:25 AM, Dec 14, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-15 00:30:40-05

NEW YORK (WPIX) — If you lost power after Sandy, start looking for a credit on your electrical bill in New York. But don’t expect too much.

According to the State of New York Public Service Commission, utilities serving New Yorkers are now able to reimburse customers.

sandy manhattan“Providing the one-time bill credit and waiving late payment charges on customers’ bills is appropriate under such unusual circumstances,” said Commission Chairman Garry Brown.

According to Con Edison, $3 will go to residential customers in Manhattan that lost power and $6 for residential customers outside of Manhattan.

“A week would be more like 20 bucks,” said Lower Manhattan customer Amanda Brown.

Con Ed said its total credits will be approximately $6 million. Other utilities in New York are expected to pay out similar amounts to individual residential customers. Larger reimbursements will go to commercial and industrial customers. Reimbursements are based on the average number of days lost in a service area.

“That’s not exactly equitably comping the people that were out of service for electricity. I don’t think that is right and I think it should be adjusted fairly,”  said Tim Imhoff as he walked by Con Ed headquarters in Union Square.

The Public Service Commission said utilities have agreed to absorb the cost of the customer bill credits.