CT Attorney General Tong calling on state utility regulators to decrease Eversource’s rates

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is calling on state utility regulators to decrease Eversource’s rates.

Thanks to a deal struck by AG Tong, United Illuminating customers have seen their rates go down.

“Their rates are already coming down because of a deal I struck with the U.I. to bring those rates down, and keep them down through 2023,” Tong explained.

Now, Tong is looking for Eversource to do the same.

Tong says he wants to see the rates ‘significantly reduced’ and that Connecticut families and businesses cannot afford to pay any more for their utilities.

“People are still working from home. Many kids are still learning from home. People are running their businesses from home. They depend on electricity to make that happen. Many people have lost their jobs, have lost their businesses, are just trying to get through this, make the rent, not lose their housing,” Tong said.

At the moment, Tong says it’s really important that Eversource step up and reduce rates for Connecticut residents.

Tong is urging PURA to approval an ‘interim rate decrease.’

“I’ve filed briefs requesting that Eversource, through PURA reduce its rates by between $65 to $123 million,” AG Tong explained. “That represents almost a 5% decrease on the distribution charge, which should add up to almost $5 on an average person’s bill, on top of the money that’s coming off because of Isaias-related penalties.”

Here is reaction tonight from Eversource:

“We understand the pandemic is still challenging for some customers and remind everyone we have a variety of payment plans and programs available to help including the COVID-19 Payment Plan. All Eversource customers-regardless of financial need, residential and non-residential-are eligible to sign-up for this which enables them to pay a past-due balance over a period of up to 24 months with no interest charges and no down payment.”

According to Tong, since its last rate case in 2018, Eversource’s costs have decreased, but those deductions are not reflected in Eversource’s current rates.

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