Starting on January 1st, 2023, and lasting until at least Jun 30, 2023, the rates for Connecticut household energy from Eversource will increase for residential customers by 50%. The rate will go from 12.1 cents per kilowatt-hour to 24.2 cents per kWh, compared to 11.5 cents per kWh in 2022.
Attorney General William Tong released a statement, saying the increase would be unaffordable for many families and businesses.
“This is a massive increase that will be unaffordable for many Connecticut families and businesses. We pay far too much for our energy in Connecticut as it is, and these winter rates are nothing short of punishing. My office has intervened on behalf of consumers at each and every rate case before the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission because we know how much the cost of energy impacts family budgets,” Tong said in a statement.
Similarly, United Illuminating (UI) will also be increasing their rates from 10.6 cents per kWh to 22.5 cents per kWh. These rates put residents’ bills at around $75-$85 more a month.
According to data from the Energy Information Administration, Connecticut had the second-highest residential electric bills on average in 2021, only behind Hawaii. That’s because United Illuminating and Eversource are two of the most expensive investor-owned utilities in the country based on a price per kilowatt-hour basis.
CONNECTICUT ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CEAP)
Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)1 benefits are available. Basic benefits toward heating bills range between $410 and $1,015, depending on the household’s income level.
The CEAP is administered through the Department of Social Services and Alliance is a proud partner of this program.
You can apply online at ct.gov/heatinghelp/apply, contact an Alliance caseworker with additional questions or apply for assistance in-person or over the phone.
Learn more about Alliance’s Energy Assistance here.