Reducing Fixed Charges for Electric Customers

CT's Residential Monthly Fixed ChargeVICTORY! 

  • UI's fixed charge reduced to $9.64/month (Dec 2016)
  • Eversource's fixed charge reduced to $9.21/mo (Apr 2018)

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.

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.

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

In December 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!

In April 2018, PURA reduced Eversource's monthly residential fixed charge from $19.25 (the highest of any customers in the northeast) to $9.21 -- a 53% reduction!

Now all residential customers of CT's major utilities have fixed charges below the $10 monthly cap we sought in our 2015 campaign.


Take Action

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

 

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