Connecticut Light & Power
Flat fees on residential bills will rise from $16 a month to $19.25. CL&P had asked for approval from the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to hike the rate to $25.50.
A draft decision issued Monday by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority reduces the amount sought by the utility by more than $100 million.
Among the systemwide improvements, the utility has performed extensive tree-trimming, CL&P spokesman Mitch Gross said.
State Senator Art Linares is urging ratepayers throughout Connecticut to sign his petition in opposition of a rate hike being requested by Connecticut Light & Power.
The state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority announced Monday its approval of higher standard service rates proposed by Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating.
A decision by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority on the increase will come by mid-December.
Drawing the most criticism is the utility’s plan to hike its monthly fixed charge — what consumers pay before they use a single kilowatt of electricity — from $16 to $25.50.
CL&P, a subsidiary of Northeast Utilities, is seeking permission from regulators to raise both the fixed and usage rates.
A fight is brewing over a request by Connecticut’s largest utility to raise rates by $232 million to upgrade equipment following destructive storms.
Many electric companies lure customers in with cheap introductory rates and then mark them up. It’s estimated that tens of thousands of Connecticut consumers have switched electric suppliers in an effort to cut their monthly bill.
Though Connecticut experienced another heavy snowfall Thursday, the state escaped a serious hit, with far fewer power outages than originally predicted.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Congressman Joe Courtney are urging state regulators to reject most of a request by Connecticut Light & Power Co. to charge customers $414 million for costs related to five destructive storms over the past two years.
According to CL&P, preparation and response to the storms was very expensive.
Streets remain blocked. Some residents remain snow-bound. Even main drags are choked with ice and snowpack. Some suggested Tuesday they’d be better off anywhere else.
Southeastern Connecticut saw by far the largest number of outages across the region, but New England bore the brunt of the outages.
Connecticut’s two largest power companies had anticipated about 30 percent of their customers losing power, or roughly 400,000 homes and businesses.