Lawmakers push for federal review of CL&P rate hike

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HARTFORD — Lawmakers and state leaders are calling for a federal review of Connecticut Light & Power’s rate hike.

According to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, CL&P and United Illuminating have the first and second highest fixed charge in the region. Blumenthal also said there is a “troubling trend nationwide” of utility companies charging customers more.

The monthly charge for most residential customers in Connecticut is $16 a month, regardless of how much energy they use.

CL&P asked for an increase to $25.50 a month, but state regulators said they would only allow an increase to $19.25 a month.

Sen. Blumenthal is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Cheryl LaFleur to review this fixed charge and create a national policy on electricity rate increases.

Blumenthal and  state Consumer Counsel Elin Katz will appear at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Tuesday afternoon to elaborate on this message.