SMITHTOWN - PSEG officials say they will help customers use less electricity through a new $200 million plan called Utility 2.0.
The plan includes spending $60 million to install devices in homes and businesses that let PSEG remotely adjust air conditioners to reduce electric use. Another $60 million would be used for energy-efficiency measures for hospitals and customers with lower incomes, $45 million to install commercial solar power systems and $8 million to help educate users on energy reduction.
Paul Graf, of the Fort Salonga Association, and others at a public hearing Tuesday say Utility 2.0 is a good start but needs work.
"We're really looking for Gov. Cuomo and Utility 2.0 to make a real big investment in renewable energies, like offshore wind," said Graf.
Utility expert Matt Cordaro says PSEG has a rate freeze in place until 2016, but he expects at least a modest rate increase when the freeze is over.