From the Daily News:
Nearly a million Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island residents were overcharged on their natural gas bills for two years — prompting investigators to freeze rates until 2015, state officials said.
The state’s Public Service Commission found National Grid charged customers around $2.90 extra a month in 2010 and 2011 - adding up to a $68.9 million payday for the utility company. The news was first reported by New York Power and Light, a new website watchdog.
National Grid stiffed about 980,000 of its users across three boroughs, said the commission, which figured out the overcharges after noticing “the company’s high earnings.”
The rate lockdown affects the “delivery” portion of customers’ gas bills. Prices for the gas itself can still increase, based on market forces.