Energy News for the Connecticut Market

Electric Capacity Markets Are Failing the Northeast

By: Bill Bottiggi |

This week, Boston welcomes the Quadrennial Energy Review roadshow to town for a stakeholder engagement meeting.

The QER process began in January 2014 when President Obama issued a memorandum directing the administration to translate energy-related policy goals into recommended actions through 2018. Season one of the QER, which ran in 2015, […]

Regulators approve variable power rate ban

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Connecticut regulators have upheld the Connecticut General Assembly’s new law banning electricity suppliers from using variable rates, the first state in the nation to do so.

The Public Utility Regulatory Authority on Wednesday said the law that explicitly prohibits power suppliers starting Oct. 1 from signing up new customers or renewing existing […]

2015-10-02T10:28:45-05:00October 1st, 2015|Connecticut Market|

Connecticut begins effort to secure better electricity deals

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is gathering public comment about a new effort help reduce high electricity bills that many New England consumers pay each winter.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is accepting comment until Sept. 30 on its plan to secure long-term deals for a range of energy resources, including natural […]

2015-09-10T14:03:09-05:00September 7th, 2015|Connecticut Market|

Connecticut House approves ban on variable-rate electricity contracts

By: Luther Turmelle |

The Connecticut House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve passage of a bill that would ban variable-rate electric contracts for residential power customers.

The 144-1 vote — State Rep. John Piscopo, R-Thomaston, was the only lawmaker who voted against it — sends Senate Bill 573 to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s […]

2015-05-28T08:51:42-05:00May 28th, 2015|Connecticut Market|

Slossberg Calls for Ban on Variable-Rate Electricity Contracts

By: Brian McCready |

State Senator Gayle S. Slossberg (D-Milford) submitted testimony to the legislature’s Energy and Technology Committee last month supporting a ban on variable-rate electricity contracts, according to a press release from her office.

Slossberg was joined by AARP, the State Consumer Counsel and fellow legislators in supporting the ban.

“I have often been […]

2015-05-07T15:30:16-05:00March 8th, 2015|Connecticut Market|

Connecticut consumer advocates, lawmakers eye ban on variable-rate electricity contracts

By: Luther Turmelle |

Consumer advocates and some political leaders say they want to ban third-party electric power suppliers from offering variable-rate contracts to residential customers.

Senate President Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, said the contracts are “deceptive and unpredictable.” Looney made his comment during a Tuesday press conference held while the legislature’s Energy and […]

2015-05-07T15:30:39-05:00February 25th, 2015|Connecticut Market|

Connecticut lawmakers asked to limit electric charges


Connecticut lawmakers are considering legislation that would limit certain charges for electric services paid by residential customers, as well as eliminate variable rate contracts.

The proposals are part of a larger discussion this session about ways to revamp the state’s marketplace for electric services, about 17 years after the General Assembly […]

2015-05-07T15:30:39-05:00February 25th, 2015|Connecticut Market|

Wholesale electricity prices are down, but for how long?

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This winter’s wholesale electricity costs haven’t reached the historic levels seen during the 2013-2014 winter, but that doesn’t mean that all is well with New England’s electricity markets. We still have the highest regional electricity costs in the United States and impending capacity shortages will be a challenge to policymakers […]

2015-05-07T15:45:25-05:00February 7th, 2015|Connecticut Market|