UI proposes energy rate increase

By Jennifer Bissell

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The United Illuminating Company (UI) filed a request Jan. 11 to raise its energy distribution rates, beginning January 2014.

UI, headquartered in New Haven, serves roughly 700,000 electric and natural gas customers across Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

The rate increase would provide $67 million in additional revenue the first year in effect and $28 million the following year, according to UI.

The increased funds would go toward replacing and hardening the state’s infrastructure to protect against extreme weather and further recovery efforts from Tropical Storm Irene, the 2011 Nor’easter and Hurricane Sandy.

Though Connecticut ranks among the most expensive states for energy costs, UI CEO James Torgerson said in a press release that the company’s operations have maintained costs at 2010 levels through increased efficiencies and managing costs. Company officials believe the increase rate may be achieved without increasing customer bills due to the expiration of a Competitive Transition Assessment charge.

Following UI’s formal application to increase rates, the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) will conduct a full review, which will include formal proceedings and public hearings.

In response to the request, Attorney General George Jepsen said the proposal would be carefully reviewed and evaluated.

“Connecticut’s electric rates remain extremely high,” Jepsen said. “Any and every proposal to increase those rates must be thoroughly scrutinized. My office will participate in this proceeding, and I will urge PURA to approve rates that are no more than just and reasonable, as required by law.”


About the author

Jennifer Bissell
Jennifer Bissell was a reporter for both the Fairfield and Westchester business journals from 2012-2014. She attended the University of Minnesota and contributed to several regional publications including the St. Paul Pioneer Press, St. Cloud Times and Twin Cities Business magazine.

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