The public service regulator in the state of Connecticut is launching an investigation into increasing the level of Eversource resources.
The Connecticut Public Services Regulatory Authority said Wednesday that management of the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee and the legislature as a whole sent a letter asking PURA to suspend the increase in rates associated with the Eversource delivery fee, which took effect on July 1.
Some Eversource customers, worried about their recent Eversource electricity bill, say this is the highest amount they have been charged.
The company said that a burning summer is one of the main reasons why people pay more for electricity. It is said to be largely powered by people who use more electricity, more people working from home and people turning on air conditioning.
“We understand and appreciate the efforts made by our legislators to address customers̵7; high billing concerns. We have recently received a copy of the letter from the Committee on Energy and Technology and we are examining it. We will consider all and all the options we can have, “An Eversource spokesman said on Wednesday.
The company has previously explained what delivery costs mean to customers.
“First and foremost, there is money so that we can continue to provide you with a powerful and reliable electrical system. Part of that, these delivery system fees go to us so we can do the work we have to do. In addition, there are state programs. There are taxes at both the state and federal levels. All kinds of fees are built into this side of the law, “said Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross.
As of July 1, some of these delivery items have increased. These include the charges Eversource goes through, including what is called the unbeatable federal congestion charge, which has almost doubled to about three cents per kilowatt hour.
Eversource offers a paid program that comes to your home and evaluates areas to be more energy efficient.
The company stated that delivery charges are largely based on use as well as taxation and fees.
Eversource said the charge was largely due to payments linked to state-approved energy purchase agreements for the Millstone nuclear power plant. They claim that these agreements were concluded on the basis of legislation.
All changes are approved by the state regulator.
“Your invoice cannot be issued without modification and approval by state regulators, the Connecticut Public Services Regulatory Authority. We have to start everything until you see something change in your account, “said Gross.
The PURA stated that it had accepted the legislator’s letter as a formal proposal for reconsideration and “expects to decide on the proposal as a matter of urgency after considering the comments of other stakeholders and the public.”
PURA urges Connecticut residents to contact their utility company if they need help with their electricity bills to find out if they are eligible for a financial program to protect themselves from hardship or to register for the COVID-19 payment program.
Customers may also contact PURA’s customer service representatives with questions or complaints that will be part of an open investigation.
You can contact the PURA Learning and Information Unit at 1-800-382-4586 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.