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AARP calls for tougher restrictions on third-party electric suppliers

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut AARP released a public opinion poll Monday to remind elected officials that the state’s 50 and older population wants to see restrictions on third-party electric suppliers passed during this election-year legislative session.

It’s an issue that legislative leaders signaled early on would be high on their priority list this year, but at a Monday press conference, Nora Duncan, state director of the AARP, said advocates have not yet seen a formal proposal.

“We think it’s just time to make sure that we come out strongly with our opinion research because we haven’t seen any formal language,” she said. “We’re confident that we’re still going to be able to pass strong consumer protections. But now we have public opinion to back that up.”

The group polled 800 Connecticut residents age 50 years or older during a week in mid-March and found that 88 percent were concerned about rising electrical costs and 71 percent felt their elected officials weren’t doing enough to help on the issue. Meanwhile, 51 percent said the issue will influence how they cast their votes in the next election.

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  1. LWitherspoon

    I’m glad to read this. State officials should look into whether or not third-party electricity suppliers benefit from elderly customers forgetting when their contract expires and being automatically switched to a very high variable rate. I’ve heard of this happening in numerous instances. Perhaps it would be better to default people back to CL&P as their provider, rather than to a high variable rate with the third-party supplier.

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