Rising gas prices boost electricity costs in Conn.

Utility poles and power lines (file).
Utility poles and power lines (file).

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Electric rates in Connecticut are rising.

State regulators approved an 8 percent increase in electric generation rates for Connecticut Light & Power residential customers who do not get their electricity from competing suppliers. The increase announced Friday boosts the average residential bill by $5.29 a month.

A spokesman says the Northeast Utilities subsidiary is passing along increased prices charged by suppliers.

Sen. Bob Duff, co-chairman of the legislature’s Energy and Technology Committee, says rising natural gas prices are partly to blame. He advises consumers to be patient as state officials pursue strategies to push down costs.

CL&P has also asked regulators for permission to raise a separate rate by 5.9 percent to replace new equipment and improve reliable delivery of electricity. An average residential bill would rise by about $6.76 a month.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

  • http://www.ausenergy.com/2014/05/ausenergy-news-update-05292014/ AUSenergy News Update 05/29/2014 | Alternative Utility Services, Inc.

    […] Connecticut electric rates rising […]

blog comments powered by Disqus