The blizzard played a role in a political action staged Monday at the State Capitol by unionized utility workers unhappy with staffing cutbacks at two Northeast Utilities subsidiaries, Connecticut Light & Power and Yankee Gas.
Nearly four years after Connecticut’s independent utility regulatory body became part of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the regulators are asking for their independence back.
Stunning jumps in monthly electric rates as the Connecticut General Assembly convenes its 2015 session next month create a market opportunity for electric retailers and a political opportunity for those who would regulate them.
Gov. Dan Malloy takes his mantra of “cheaper, cleaner, more reliable” energy to the voters, while his Republican challenger, Tom Foley, emphasizes relying on market forces and evolving technology to bring down energy costs.
A bipartisan compromise, the product of negotiations with the much-maligned retail electric industry, has been drafted and is expected to be approved by the Senate today or Wednesday.
Consumer advocates responded cautiously Tuesday to a promise by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other top Democrats to deliver far-reaching consumer protections to thwart misleading marketing by electric suppliers.
Consumers’ groups delivered a reminder to legislators Monday about their high expectations for still-developing legislation that leaders promise will protect the public against bait-and-switch marketing by third-party electric suppliers.
Connecticut Light and Power will not be curtailing most of its more radical tree trimming temporarily as requested earlier this week by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has “requested” Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating “curtail” their practices known as enhanced tree trimming and enhanced tree removal until it rules on tree trimming policies covering both utilities.
Updated: 5:00 p.m. The management of Connecticut’s trees – what, where and how much to cut – has become contentious, pitting those who are most concerned about keeping the lights on against those who believe we are verging on literal overkill in taking down trees.