Now Is Not the Time to be Raising Electric Rates
Posted on August 4, 2020 by Admin
A state legislator’s job involves more than passing legislation. One of the most important roles your state representative has is to advocate for you and defend your interests when events or circumstances arise that affect your daily lives. This month’s electricity rate increases provide a good example.
Many of you who are Eversource customers may be a bit surprised when you receive your most recent electricity bill. Rates have increased substantially, and there’s a reason. On June 26, 2020, the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) approved Eversource’s request to raise its delivery rate. The increase is in effect from July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
A pandemic is not the time to raise utility rates, especially as countless people face unemployment, financial hardship, and, of course, unusually high temperatures that have forced many to keep their air conditioners running to avoid health complications, especially seniors and people with medical conditions.
State legislative leaders have written formally to PURA to suspend the increase, and PURA has confirmed that it will be looking into the situation. Legislative leaders have also asked for a hearing. As a public utility company, Eversource must be transparent with its customers, and the state as a whole, and I absolutely support the General Assembly’s call for a hearing on this urgent matter.
As the legislature inquires further into this issue, and as we seek more answers from PURA and Eversource, I will keep you posted. In the meantime, there are some measures you can take to mitigate your energy bill. First, you may shop around for alternative suppliers on EnergizeCT. Other cost-saving measures include keeping AC units clean, making sure vents are unobstructed, and limiting use of appliances like dishwashers, washers, and dryers to early morning or nighttime.
I want you to know that if I have the honor of serving as your state representative, I will not hesitate to press companies like Eversource on issues like these, ask the hard questions, fight on your behalf, and protect consumers across Connecticut who are adversely affected by decisions like this.
If you would like to discuss this issue further, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I am happy to answer any questions I can, or point you in the direction of the appropriate resource.
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