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Senate passes electric supplier disclosure, advocates say not good enough

Energy Co-chairs Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk, Darien) and Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-102)  (Photo by Hugh McQuaid)
Energy Co-chairs Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk, Darien) and Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-102) (Photo by Hugh McQuaid)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday for legislation to require more transparency from third-party electricity suppliers and reduce deceptive marketing tactics in the industry.

Senators on both sides of the aisle reported hearing complaints from constituents about the suppliers, who attract new customers with offers of low energy rates that can expire quickly and leave consumers paying more than standard rates.

The bill will require suppliers to maintain their initial sign-on electric rates for at least three months. It also requires that electric bills include the standard rate, so consumers can compare it with the rate they’re paying. The legislation also gives customers greater flexibility to drop their electric supplier.

Energy Committee Co-Chairman Sen. Bob Duff said policymakers have “heard from consumers loud and clear” on their electric bills.

“They kind of looked at their bill one day . . . and it spiked without any notification or any type of transparency,” he said. “What we’re looking to do is bring about some greater transparency and disclosure.”

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One response to “Senate passes electric supplier disclosure, advocates say not good enough”

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    Environmental Protection Agency policies resulting in the shutdown of coal-fired power plants will contribute to a 150 percent price hike for natural gas, accompanied by a 7 percent rise in electricity prices, according to government data.

    Gina McCarthy former Ct DEEP head now runs the EPA delivered this information recently,hope Bob Duff understands his track record with passing gas Ideas in the state is going to cost us a bundle in the end.This was just one of many posts showing an increase in natural gas coming and why.

    Bob has problems in keeping his eye on the ball,time he realizes it may be time to stop playing games with the taxpayers who are informed.

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