Launched in June 2012, the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs is an innovative partnership between the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network and the CT AFL-CIO that seeks to strengthen collaboration among Connecticut’s labor, environmental, and religious groups in advocating for public policies that address urgent concerns about climate change while creating good-paying jobs right here in our state.

We reject the false choice of “jobs vs. the environment.”  We seek to build a worker-oriented environmental movement organizing to secure a fair and just transition that protects not only the environment, but also the livelihoods threatened by both climate change and the steps taken toward mitigation and adaptation.  A robust climate protection program will create tens of thousands of new jobs in CT, but the transition to a clean-energy economy will also displace some workers. Workers making the difficult transition to alternative work deserve well-paid, secure jobs with benefits and the right to union representation.

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    Reducing Fixed Charges for Electric Customers

    CT's Residential Monthly Fixed ChargeVICTORY! UI's fixed charge reduced to $9.64/month

    Read our Press Release (12/14/16)

    In 2015, a coalition of 30+ groups joined with the CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs and Acadia Center to win legislation to stop runaway fixed charges for residential electric customers.  Fixed charges are flat monthly rates that the customer must pay just to have access to electricity.  Over the last decade, fixed charges for residential customers more than doubled – to the highest (Eversource/CL&P, $19.25/month) and second highest (United Illuminating, $17.25/month) in New England for any major electric utility.  Eversource residential customers in MA pay monthly fixed charges of less than $7.

    The new CT law clearly defines and limits what costs can be included in the fixed charge:

    “…only the fixed costs and operation and maintenance expenses directly related to metering, billing, service connections and the provision of customer service."

    This law was tested for the first time with the 2016 application from United Illuminating (UI) to increase its rates and charges. The outcome will also have a direct impact on the next rate case for Eversource, expected in 2017.

    The Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) submitted expert testimony showing that UI’s residential fixed charge should be $7.63/month under the new law.

    On December 14, 2016, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) announced its decision to
    reduce UI's residential fixed charge  to $9.64
    -- a 45% reduction and below the cap of $10/month
    we sought in our 2015 legislative campaign!

    While PURA's decision has an immediate impact on UI's customers, it sets a precedent for the next Eversource rate case (anticipated next year), and it could embolden other states to take a tougher stand in the ongoing national battle over rising fixed charges.

    High fixed charges reduce consumers’ control over their energy costs and hurt progress on energy efficiency and clean energy, hindering the growth of a green jobs economy.


    Take Action

    Tell the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) thank you for enforcing the law and reducing UI's residential fixed charge.

     

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