CL&P looks to hike fixed fee

Utility poles and power lines (file).

BERLIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut Light & Power is looking to change how it calculates electric bills, and it could cost customers big money.

Over the last decade many people have been using less energy because of the advancement in technology. everything from lightbulbs to solar panels. Because people are using less electricity, utility companies are seeing a decline in revenue. CL&P is now joining a nationwide push to increase customers’ bills.

According to the Hartford Courant, the company is requesting a nearly 60-percent increase in the fixed fee on monthly bills. For example, a monthly service charge of $16 could jump to $25 and change under this current proposal.

This all comes as CL&P is looking to close a $117 million shortfall. The company has also said that its revenues need to be constant since they still have business to do on their end when it comes to poles, wires and meters.

This proposed service charge increase still has to be approved by state regulators.

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