State officials criticize CL&P’s proposed fee hike

HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal urged state regulators Tuesday to reject a request by Connecticut Light & Power to increase a flat monthly fee on customers by nearly 60 percent.

In separate letters, Malloy and Blumenthal expressed their concern to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority about the 59 percent increase in a monthly service charge. If its application is approved, CL&P could increase the monthly charge from $16 to $25.50. The fee increase would apply regardless of energy consumption.

“Such a step is completely contrary to Connecticut’s energy policy, unfairly penalizes those who use the least electricity and unduly burdens small businesses and people on low or fixed incomes,” Malloy wrote.

In his letter, Blumenthal said the state’s energy rates were already too high.

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5 responses to “State officials criticize CL&P’s proposed fee hike”

  1. One and Done

    I’m no fan of CL&Ps mismanagement, but their rate hike increase is the direct result of Democrat policies. Our president is on record stating that under his policies electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Well here we are and despite the Commerce departments best efforts to fool us into thinking there is no inflation some are catching on that higher energy costs means higher food prices and just about everything people need to live.
    Blumenthal and Malloy aren’t stupid, but they think we are. There false outrage aimed at CL&P is an effort to disguise the true source of the problems which can be directly tied to the White House.

  2. Dennis DiManis

    CLP’s field staff is totally inadequate. When the power goes out, we pay for incompetent crews from Michigan to straggle in if and when they please.

    60% increase and no effective help in an outage. If in the dead of winter we lose power for weeks as we did in Oct. 2012, the situation will be horrific.

    CLP should be required to open their books to the state gov. They should be forced to show their entire structure of positions and salaries, from the crews on up to the Porky Pig executives…and they should be forced to reorganize in such a way as to protect us from lengthy outages.

  3. One and Done

    Denis, their books are already open under FERC and SEC reporting requirements. You want the state to examine these further than the federal government does? The state doesn’t even follow standard accounting rules. If CL&P / NU accounted for its business the way the state does their executives could go to jail.

  4. Dennis DiManis

    I didn’t know any of that. I do know that if CLP continues on without adequate field staff, the public is jeopardized.

  5. Oyster

    Looks like Mr. Bill Dunne is messaging with the Democrats.

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