FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2014
Contact: John Humphries – 860-216-7972 (cell); firstname.lastname@example.org
STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) draft decision to allow CL&P to increase its monthly fixed charges and to raise CL&P’s guaranteed rate of return.
The CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs submitted endorsements from hundreds of residents from more than 120 Connecticut towns on a statement opposing CL&P’s request to increase the fixed charge for residential delivery of electricity: [The full text of the statement with the list of endorsements, as of 11/23/14 can be downloaded at:http://bit.ly/RTstatement11-14prn.]
The following statement in response to PURA’s draft decision can be attributed to Teresa Eickel, Executive Director of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network (IREJN), one of two lead partners in the Roundtable:
It’s outrageous that PURA has given in to CL&P’s desire to charge more for electricity because they are selling less. This 20% increase in the residential fixed charge will undermine the state’s energy efficiency and solar programs, slow the growth of a green jobs economy, and hit hardest those who can least afford to pay. PURA is charged with protecting the public interest, but by granting CL&P a guaranteed rate of return higher than 9 percent, it seems to be giving the public interest a back seat to corporate profits.
John Humphries, Convener of the CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs added:
Today’s decision will energize discussions about seeking a legislative remedy to ensure that PURA upholds the public interest. California, faced with a similar rate increase, passed a law in 2013 capping the monthly fixed charge at $10. Such a move here in Connecticut would serve both the interest of social justice and the moral imperative of climate protection.
Launched in June 2012, the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs is an innovative partnership between the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network (IREJN) 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.