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The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) have concluded that the Millstone Nuclear Power plant will be profitable through the year 2035, (Docket # 17-07-32).
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AARP today applauded a decision by the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) in docket 15-06-15 that reaffirms the State’s ban on variable rate electric contracts and further protects customers when their fixed-rate term expires. In their decision, PURA agreed with AARP in determining that when a customer’s fixed-price period with a third party electric supplier expires, the supplier cannot begin charging the customer a rate that can change on a monthly basis and must offer a rate that is capped for at least 4 months.
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As the telecommunications industry transitions from traditional copper-wire phone service to new technologies, an AARP survey finds support among residents age 50+ for the state to continue its regulatory oversight of the industry in Connecticut, and ensure basic consumer protections for all customers, regardless of what technology is used.
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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):
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Below is a statement by AARP Connecticut Advocacy Director, John Erlingheuser, on the recent CL&P rate request decision by Connecticut's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA):
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Do you want to see your electric bill increase by an average of $150 a year – with the bulk being charged before you turn on a single light?
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AARP Connecticut released the following statement from State Director Nora Duncan regarding passage of the CT SFY 2014 Budget and Implementer Bill:
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AARP Connecticut has submitted testimony on legislation being considered by the Connecticut General Assembly's Energy and Technology Committee (H.B. 5413) that would direct the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to investigate the feasibility of modernizing telecommunications service in Connecticut.  AARP feels the legislation is unneccesary given PURA's ability to open a docket whenever it chooses.  If the Legislature moves forward with such legislation, we recommend that it include language that would require PURA to prepare and submit a report to the Legislature after gathering critical market information and conducting their investigation in a contested proceeding.  
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Last year, AARP Connecticut successfully opposed a plan to eliminate Connecticut’s standard offer electric service that would have forced nearly 800,000 residents to purchase their electricity from a third-party electric supplier.  Through that effort, AARP engaged thousands of consumers and subsequently brought to light many of the unscrupulous marketing practices and customer abuses taking place in the deregulated market, and the need for additional consumer protections.  In 2014, AARP is working with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), the Office of Consumer Counsel, The Attorney General's Office and state lawmakers to strengthen and improve consumer protections in the competitive electric supply market so that ratepayers have the information they need to save money on their electric bills and avoid being taken advantage of.
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We believe utilities should be affordable, reliable and fair. That's why we're fighting for you, and all Connecticut residents, to protect your hard-earned dollars and enact stronger consumer protections.  If you have a consumer complaint about your electric or telephone service, the actions of an electricity supplier, or other concern, please share your story with us.  Your input will be used to help shape the future of consumer protections for utility customers in Connecticut.  You can also sign up to receive alerts and information from AARP Connecticut so you can take action on these and other issues important to you when your voice can make a difference.  If you'd like to speak to soneone at AARP, please call us toll-free at 866-295-7279.  Find additional consumer resources below.
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