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Some lawmakers seek to cap fixed portion of electricity bills

State Rep. Lonnie Reed, co-chairwoman of the Energy and Technology Committee (Christine Stuart photo)
State Rep. Lonnie Reed, co-chairwoman of the Energy and Technology Committee (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Outraged by a recent increase in the fixed cost paid by residential utility customers, a handful of state lawmakers are looking at legislation to cap that fixed amount.

At a Capitol press conference, state Rep. Lonnie Reed, co-chairwoman of the Energy and Technology Committee, said capping the fixed rate is only one piece of the puzzle, but it’s something lawmakers will look closely at during the 2015 legislative session.

Regulators recently approved rate hikes for Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating, the two biggest utility companies in the state.

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2 responses to “Some lawmakers seek to cap fixed portion of electricity bills”

  1. piberman

    Why would anyone be upset with even higher energy costs in CT as world crude oil prices plummet ?
    Our legislators are “on the case”. So a solution is on the way. Maybe by next year. Somewhere there may be a legislator who seeks the connection between high energy costs and the business exodus.

  2. Rod Lopez-Fabrega

    F.Y.I.
    Our rates from CL&P went up 100% from November to the current December bill! That’s from an average of about $134-$140/month to $247 in December.

    You bet I complained, but it took a prompt to CL&P by Senate Majority Leader, Bob Duff to get a personal call back from CL&P.

    They went over our billing throughout the year and admitted that our usage had gone down (we are as frugal as possible with our electric usage). In fact our usage was higher in December 2013 bill than indicated it has been in the current December 2014 bill.

    The excuse (polite, but take it or leave it) was that the increase was due to our supplier raising our rate (without informing us) plus the increase in rates by CL&P. I pointed out that they themselves had informed all of us that their rate increase was due to the loss of income due to all of those of us who had been using alternate sources of energy (solar panels, etc.). A clear indication of how bad can CL&P Public Relations can be.

    The nice lady who called from CL&P also mentioned that they use lots of natural gas (presumably to run their turbines), and the cost of that has risen. I pointed out that one of their own brochures pointed out that CL&P uses not only natural gas but coal power, nuclear power, hydropower and possibly chicken fat.

    Their solution to my complaint: They are sending a technician to check out meter to be sure it is not functioning properly. To my way of seeing it, that’s no more than “making nice”.

    One can only hope that the statement made in the article above gets some results:

    “At a Capitol press conference, state Rep. Lonnie Reed, co-chairwoman of the Energy and Technology Committee, said capping the fixed rate is only one piece of the puzzle, but it’s something lawmakers will look closely at during the 2015 legislative session.”

    We need more than that. My urging is that all you CL&P users complain as loudly as you can. As we know, the squeaky hinge…etc.

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