— AARP Connecticut, the state’s largest consumer advocacy organization representing nearly 600,000 members in Connecticut, released the following statement from John Erlingheuser, state advocacy director, regarding Senate Bill 106, legislation that would create a process by which Dominion Resources would get a higher price for the same energy it currently sells on the New England wholesale competitive market through its Millstone Nuclear Power Plant in Waterford. “AARP is disappointed in the Energy and Technology Committee vote. Many advocacy organizations have expressed concerns about …

— A utility scam is reaching record levels in some parts of the country this season. Fraudsters call homeowners, claiming that their gas or electric account is delinquent and threaten to shut off the service if payment is not immediate. The scammers typically ask for payment with a prepaid debit card. While more consumers are recognizing this as a scam, the callers can be very convincing. Know that your utility company will not call and threaten to shut off your service, …

— AARP Connecticut will testify to members of the Connecticut Energy and Technology Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 7, on reasons the state legislature should not pass S.B 106, a bill providing special deals or subsidies to Dominion Resources for the Millstone Nuclear Power Station. Virginia-based Dominion Resources, operator of the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Connecticut, says the plant is unprofitable and is seeking legislation to compensate for the losses. They claim the request is not for a ratepayer subsidy, but …

— Dominion Resources, the private energy company in Virginia that operates the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Connecticut, has told our legislators that the plant is unprofitable. As a result, Dominion is seeking legislation to compensate for the losses. They claim the request is not for a ratepayer subsidy, but rather allow them to compete for state power contracts with Eversource and United Illuminating The use of the phrase “competes for a state contract” is misleading. Dominion currently competes against other …

— Public Service Co. of Colorado, owned by Xcel Energy, is proposing a new energy initiative designed to impose significant costs on ratepayers and implement policies that are not in the best interest of consumers. Xcel also is seeking to have customers pay for a $500 million plan to install new meters on every home and small business in its Colorado service area. AARP commissioned a white paper about this issue. Click here. The utility – the state’s largest electricity provider – …

— New survey results from AARP Connecticut show majority want financial disclosure and have concerns with state residents funding nuclear power plant subsidy According to a wide-ranging survey by AARP Research, a large majority of registered Connecticut voters want to ensure the state’s consumers will be protected from fully funding a proposed subsidy for a nuclear power plant that generates electricity for homes and businesses across multiple New England states. In addition, 87 percent of survey respondents feel Dominion Power – …

—     What could have been a $4.54 per month rate increase, was reduced to a $1.25 a month increase for Kansas Gas Service customers as a result of a settlement agreement approved by the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) in November. At the urging of AARP Kansas, hundreds of Kansans contacted the KCC to ask the commission not to approve the higher increase. The company had asked for a $35.4 million base rate increase, but instead received a $15.5 million …

— AARP Missouri successfully blocked a bill in 2016 that would have made consumers bear the risk of weather-related changes in utility costs. AARP members flooded their elected officials’ email inboxes and phone lines with messages opposing the legislation. Thanks to their efforts, and several state senators from both parties, the measure was defeated. But the big utilities will be back in 2017, pushing more aggressively for the same legislation. On another track, the state’s two largest utilities, Ameren and KCP&L, …

— • New survey results from AARP Connecticut also show majority support standard offer plan, have concerns with rate increases & want restrictions on provider outreach • New standard service electric rates take effect January 1, 2017 A vast majority of Connecticut registered voters are concerned about the rising costs of electricity, insufficient consumer protections around utilities and want restrictions on the provider outreach tactics, according to a recent wide-ranging survey by AARP Research. The survey results show nearly two of every three …

— AARP Connecticut State Advocacy Director John Erlingheuser provided the following statement in regards to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) decision on an electric distribution rate increase request by United Illuminating: “We are grateful that PURA took into account the public’s concern in its decision to grant UI an electric distribution increase that is nearly $40 million under what they requested,” said Erlingheuser. “However, permitting any increase adds to the financial strain and burden of Connecticut residents – which already …