HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Some Connecticut consumers have been signing up with electricity providers who promise lower rates, only to find a month or two later that their bills have increased sharply.

As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, state Attorney General George Jepsen has drafted legislation that would make electric bills easier to read and also provide information to help the consumer choose the best rates.

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“You can beat the standard offer if you shop carefully and you read the fine print,” Jepsen said. “Unfortunately, most consumers who do not use the standard offer find themselves in variable rate plans that spike.”

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Jepsen said his office has received a tremendous amount of complaints about the high electricity rates. He’s taken action against some suppliers for misleading and false marketing.

The attorney general added that he’s confident a version of the bill will be passed by state lawmakers before the adjourn this spring.

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