HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A group of Connecticut lawmakers say they support a proposal that would cap fixed residential charges imposed by the state’s largest electric utilities.
Monday’s announcement comes after state regulators said Connecticut Light & Power could increase the current $16 a month charge to $19.25. The company originally sought a $25.50 charge, saying the money was needed to cover significant expenses.
The bill under consideration would cap future fees at $10. Proponents contend higher fixed costs discourage alternative energy usage.
Rep. Lonnie Reed, co-chairman of the legislature’s energy committee, said she hopes the bill encourages CL&P and United Illuminating to work with lawmakers on a compromise.
CL&P spokesman Mitch Gross said capping the fixed rate would negatively affect the utility’s ability to perform upgrades and would ultimately increase variable rates.