PURA Schedules Hearing on Eversource Rate IncreaseAugust 12, 2020
You have the opportunity to express your opinion on the recent rate increase by Eversource. As customers of the utility, we were all astonished to receive an exceptionally high bill recently, which placed yet another burden on hard working people trying to navigate the pandemic.
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has announced a hearing on the matter:
In response to the rate increase, I joined with my legislative colleagues in calling on PURA to suspend the hike and conduct a review of Eversource to determine if the utility is benefiting from increased revenues at taxpayer expense. [Note: a similar rate increase request from United Illuminating has been suspended indefinitely]
During the hearing – via ZOOM – Eversource will respond to questions. It will be carried 'live' on CT-N and anyone wishing to follow or participate must first register online.
After registering, a confirmation will be sent with a direct link to the online proceedings. PURA will begin with comments from elected officials before conducting the evidentiary portion and will conclude with public comment. Written testimony from the public can be emailed anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the conclusion of the hearing.
Mail written testimony as follows:
10 Franklin Square
New Britain, CT 06051
The legislature's Energy and Technology Committee is planning a public hearing and has invited Eversource CEO James Judge to participate. PURA will also investigate Eversource's preparedness and response to Tropical Storm Isaias which left hundreds of thousands of customers without power – some for up to a week or longer. I will keep you informed on these issues as details become available.