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Public questions authorities over high cost energy bills

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CORINTH, N.Y. – Close to 90 people came to a meeting Monday evening to ask questions of local and state officials about the high cost of energy bills.

National Grid and the Public Safety Commission were at the meeting Monday. Residents demanded answers from them, including why their bills were so high, who is profiting from them, and who's going to make sure the high cost bills don't happen again.

Kim Denbesten is a single mom struggling to pay her bills.

"I don't know what to do," she said. "We don't know what to do, so that's why we're here tonight."

Denbensten is like many others just trying to understand if the bills are legitimate, or if they're being taken advantage of.

"I don't think we go really to the root of the situation, but I think they did hear our concerns, and I did hear some answers that I thought were helpful," resident Karen Stensel said.

National Grid remained firm during the meeting. Representatives said they only deliver the gas and electricity, and the suppliers that own the power stations have raised the price.

"It was the entire eastern seaboard, and it really created a supply and demand issue," the representative said. "That really made those electric prices spike."

Many people still wondered if they were being price gauged; therefore, the New York Public Service Commission is investigating the issue.

"They're the state's authority in this matter," Representative Dan Stec said. "They are investigating what happened so that if some wrongdoing did occur, they can pursue that."

The PSC will hold a fact finding meeting on May 15, but some residents think that is too late as their bills are currently too high.

"These bills are today," Denbensten said. "These bills have been the last four months. What's a meeting in May going to do? How long is that going to take?" 

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