CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs:
Our 2015 legislative campaign with Acadia Center
Read our joint statement on passage of legislation at the end of the session.
Connecticut’s electric customers need relief now. Fixed charges for electric service have risen dramatically over the last decade. Fixed charges are flat monthly rates that the customer must pay just to have access to electricity. For residential customers, fixed charges have more than doubled since 2004. Residential fixed charges have increased by more than four times the rate of inflation. Today, CL&P has the highest fixed charge among major utility companies in New England ($19.25/month), and United Illuminating has the second highest ($17.25/month). (Graphs courtesy of Acadia Center)
High fixed charges hurt progress on energy efficiency and clean energy. They fall hardest on those customers that use the least electricity, they devalue efficiency and renewables investments, and they reduce the ability of consumers to control their energy costs. CT can do better – by lowering and capping residential and small business fixed charges.
The General Assembly can solve the problem of ever-increasing and excessive fixed charges by placing a reasonable cap on the fixed charge for residential customers. Connecticut needs a permanent solution to both protect consumers and to steer regulators towards electricity rate designs better aligned with key public policy goals. SB570, which was passed by the Energy and Technology Committee, includes a residential cap of $10 per month.
- Download the legislative handout [PDF] with talking points and details about how to contact your legislators.
- Download the Roundtable press release (2/24/15) [PDF]
- Read Rep. Lonnie Reed’s statement at our December press conference.
- Contact your state legislators and urge them to co-sponsor and VOTE YES on SB570 to place a $10 cap on monthly residential fixed charges.
- More details about fixed charges and your monthly electric bill.
The CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs is a partnership between the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network and the CT AFL-CIO that seeks to strengthen collaboration among Connecticut’s labor, environmental, and religious groups in advocating for public policies that address urgent concerns about climate change while creating good-paying jobs right here in our state. More info at CTClimateandJobs.org.