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State Representatives Themis Klarides (R-114), Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Pam Staneski (R-119) hosted a workshop in conjunction with PURA at the Orange High Plains Community Center on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The three legislators were joined by rate specialists from the Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) for an event called “Learn How to Lower Your Electric Bill.  Attendees were encouraged to bring their electric bills as the specialists walked them through various cost-reduction methods.

Many residents in attendance asked why Connecticut electric rates are so high compared to many other states. Reps. Klarides, Ferraro, and Staneski all said they would work at the State Capitol with members of PURA to finds ways to better address the state’s high cost of energy.

Rep. Klarides said, “Whether you are on a fixed income, working for a living, own your own home or renting, everyone can take the prudent steps to lower their utility bills. Transparency is vital when it comes to dealing with our power companies and too often the electric bills we get monthly are too hard to figure out,’’ Klarides said.

“Knowledge is power. The aim of this workshop was to empower electric consumers with the information they need to make an informed decision about their generation supply rates and whether to choose a licensed supplier or remain with their current standard service generation supply, United Illuminating. I am glad the feedback from those who attended was overwhelmingly positive,” said Rep. Staneski.

“The energy market and understanding your electric bill can be overwhelming, but the state does provide excellent resources for residents to better understand their bill and get the best possible rate,” said Rep. Ferraro. “Work still needs to be done to make energy more affordable for homeowners and businesses. I urge residents to reach out to our office with any concerns you may have with your electric bill.”

Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) specialists mentioned how the wholesale prices for electricity have tended to mirror natural gas wholesale prices in recent years. The power companies in Connecticut and the rest of New England have become increasingly reliant on natural gas.

Connecticut residents who receive their electricity through United Illuminating (UI) may be faced with the first of multiple price increases in the coming months as UI has recently submitted a request to PURA to systematically increase their rates through 2019. Republican legislative leaders are strongly opposed to this proposal and have attended PURA hearings on the matter to deliver their testimony.

Those who were unable to attend the workshop can find this information on the following link, the PURA presentation.

— Press Release

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