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Updated: Wednesday, March 20 2013, 01:55 PM EDT
SCHENECTADY -- Hearing what you, the customers, have to say about proposed rate changes in your National Grid bills.

New York's Public Service Commission held a public hearing Tuesday, about the utility's 3-year plan.

The Bottom Line for your wallet?

CBS 6's Dori Marlin found out, you "might" see some savings in 2013.

For electric customers, the utility is looking for an increase in delivery rates of 5.6%.

But, with a surcharge that's expiring, it claims customers' total electric bills would go down by 1.7% this year.

Natural gas customers would see delivery rates go up by 4.8%, while their total bills would go up by 2.4%.

National Grid spokesperson Patrick Stella tells Dori, that's only for the first year.

"Then it would go up each year after that, it would bring it back to about stable." 

Stella went on to say, "That's still a decrease over where it was a couple years ago."

The PSC will continue holding a series of hearings this month, throughout Upstate New York.

It expects to make a decision in March.Bottom Line: National Grid Savings

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