— AARP Connecticut submitted the below comments to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) as well as Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) regarding the Millstone  subsidization. PROCUREMENT FOR ZERO-CARBON RESOURCES PURSUANT TO CONNECTICUT GENERAL STATUTES – 16a-3m COMMENT OF AARP ON DRAFT RFP July 20, 2018 Pursuant to its June 22, 2018, Notice of Opportunity for Comment on the Department’s draft Notice of Request for Proposals from Private Developers for Zero-Carbon Energy of the same date, AARP respectfully submits these comments. AARP, …

— AARP has built upon its long and successful history of voter engagement with the multifaceted campaign “Be the Difference. Vote” that is designed to maximize the influence of America’s voters, with a focus on the 50-plus, in the 2018 elections. AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan urges all registered voters in the state to review candidates’ positions on issues important to them and cast ballots. “The 2018 midterms will be among the most historic elections in a generation so we …

— By Natalie Missakian Jim O’Brien recalls missing only one election in almost 50 years of voting, and the 69-year-old Cheshire resident knows he’s not alone among people his age in Connecticut. “I’ve frequently talked to other AARP members whose voting records are as good as or better than mine,” said the AARP volunteer. Politicians know that “as a group, we go to the polls.” AARP members could play a key role in the 2018 state elections. With Democratic Gov. Dannel …

— Continued Progress towards Launch of Connecticut Retirement Security Program The Connecticut Retirement Security Authority Board continues to make steady progress towards the phased rollout of the new Connecticut Retirement Security Program, a program created to help small businesses provide employees with an easy way to save for retirement at work. The program requires all Connecticut businesses of five or more employees with no pension or 401 K plan to allow employees to save for retirement through payroll deductions into private …

— Advocacy, local lifestyle offerings, adult learning and community service are several of the outreach efforts needed to successfully enhance the quality of life for all as they age. As part of a multifaceted approach, AARP Connecticut is on the frontline advocating around issues such as Social Security, family caregiving services and supports, financial security, protection against unfair utility rate increases, safe driving programs, how to guard against fraud, and many more. In the community, we offer a variety of programs …

— AARP Connecticut provided members of Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) with comments about the proposed settlement to Eversource Energy’s request to implement a significant rate increase that would raise the cost of energy for Connecticut ratepayers (Docket No. 17-10-46). The letter from AARP Connecticut Director of Advocacy and Outreach John Erlingheuser follows: Please accept these comments from AARP Connecticut concerning the proposed settlement for Docket 17-10-46. Families in Connecticut count on utilities being affordable and reliable to cool, heat …

— Ask your legislator to pass a budget that protects seniors & values family caregivers at http://bit.ly/AARPProtectSeniors2018. AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan provided the following statement in regards to Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal and the next steps in the budget process: “Over the last several years, senior safety net programs have been eviscerated and the compounding effect has taken its toll on seniors and family caregivers,” said Duncan. “Connecticut’s elected legislators must not turn their back on our …

— 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 a determination by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) that Millstone Nuclear Power Plant should receive the special treatment provided under Public Act 17-3. “AARP Connecticut is disappointed in the final assessment by DEEP and PURA that will set in motion a process that will provide …

— AARP Connecticut applauds the progress towards implementing the Connecticut Retirement Security Program (Public Act 16-29) that was signed into law in 2016 and is on-track to begin operation in 2018. The authority, which has oversight of the Connecticut retirement security plan that will begin operation in 2018, formerly posted the opening of an Executive Director position on Friday, Jan. 19. The plan requires all Connecticut businesses of five or more employees with no pension or 401 K plan to allow …

— Eversource Energy – Connecticut’s largest utility provider delivering electricity to 1.2 million customers – is seeking approval to implement a significant rate increase that will raise the cost of energy for Connecticut ratepayers by nearly $1 billion over three years. Based on their formal submission to the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), Eversource is requesting approval to raise distribution rates by approximately $255.8 million for calendar year 2018, an additional $45 (totaling $300.8 million) for 2019 and additional $36 …