AARP has released the statement below from John Erlingheuser, AARP Connecticut Advocacy Director, on the final CL&P Rate Request Decision by Connecticut's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA):
“While we are heartened by the fact that PURA took into account the vast public outcry in its decision to slash CL&P’s original rate request, we remain disappointed that the final decision still allows for a significant increase in the utilities fixed customer service charge. AARP believes any increase in CL&P’s fixed customer service charge is unfair and bad for ratepayers, especially seniors and lower-income individuals and families who already pay a disproportionate share of their income on utilities.
“The increase is especially egregious since CL&P’s fixed charge is already one of the highest in the nation. Residents will not be able to escape the impact of this increase, no matter how much energy they conserve. Coupled with additional increases in the cost of energy slated for January, this decision will only add to the misery of those already struggling to pay their bills this winter.
"We appreciate the efforts of all those who raised their voices during the PURA proceedings and we pledge to continue the fight for fair and reasonable electric rates, and the strongest consumer protections, for Connecticut residents.”