Tuesday, October 28, 2008

UI seeks to raise rates



UI wants to raise distribution rates -- apparently we are not using enough electricity.  The new rates, they say, will cover $62.5 million in revenues that were previously approved by the DPUC but not collected due to reduced consumption, increased bad debts, and increased expenses to ensure reliability.  The increase to the distribution portion of your bill would be about 34% over two years for typical residential customers.  An average user would see roughly a 8% increase to their total bill.  More details on the rates below.

A public meeting was held in New Haven last night.  Though UI's announcement regarding this meeting was dated Oct 6th, I didn't receive mine until yesterday.  There will be a public meeting Dec 10 at Bridgeport City Hall and another in New Haven on Dec 16th at the Hall of Records, 200 Orange St.

Ratepayers blast 20% UI hike New Haven Independent

Rate increases (click for larger image):
***UPDATE 11/3/08: rate request numbers have changed.  I'll update later tonight, but  nothing dramatically different***
Most residential customers use  "R" rates. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

SCG customers to get rebate

Look for a rebate soon on your gas bill. SCG has over-earned $15 million and must return the money to ratepayers. Story here.

Monday, October 6, 2008

"World's Fair of Energy Conservation" to be held in Hartford


Governor Rell's One Thing campaign is throwing a party. Well, actually an Expo. Come to Hartford Oct 10-12 to see this "dazzling" display. (more details here)
Conceived as a "World's Fair of Energy Conservation," and part of Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell's OneThing campaign, the OneThing Expo will be an engaging exploration of energy topics and an unforgettable celebration of conservation. The story will be told in bright detail by hundreds of individuals and organizations across the state - and the country - representing a myriad of industries and topics, including agriculture, recreation, transportation, building technology, the arts and education, alternative energy, consumer products and much more. More than 250 exhibitors and thousands of visitors from Maine to Maryland are expected to take part.

Tickets are $8 adults, $4 seniors, 12 & under free
Personally, I think most of us could do more than just one thing but I suppose that's just a catchy marketing phrase. It is easy to remember, like "a stitch in time saves nine" or "shut off the lights when you leave a room".