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Voice Your Opinion to PURA About Eversource Electric Rates and Storm Response at a Public Hearing via Zoom, Aug. 24th

Report by Paula Antolini, August 18, 2020, 10:06AM EDT

Was your electricity out for days or weeks during and after the recent Tropical Storm Isaias? Did you receive an electric bill higher than normal? Do you have other issues? Here is an opportunity to voice your opinion to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) about electric rates and storm response and more.

PURA will be holding an online Zoom Public Hearing on August 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., via Zoom, “to collect information and ask questions about Eversource rate hikes.”

You can also submit your testimony via email at Pura.information@ct.gov. mention Docket Number 20-01-01.

Or mail your comments to: Public Utilities regulatory Authority, 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, Connecticut 06051.

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STATE OF CONNECTICUT

PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY

DOCKET NO. 20-01-01

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDING TO REVIEW THE CONNECTICUT LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY’S STANDARD SERVICE AND SUPPLIER OF LAST RESORT SERVICE 2020 PROCUREMENT RESULTS AND RATES

NOTICE OF HEARING

(August 24, 2020)

Due to the convergence of a number of recent events, including administrative adjustments to certain delivery rate components made effective July 1, 2020, the COVID-19 crisis and its corresponding effect on customer energy usage, as well as the higher than normal temperatures this month, Eversource customers recently received higher than anticipated electric bills.  As a result, on July 31, 2020, the Authority issued a letter in the above-referenced docket temporarily suspending the July 1st administrative adjustments to delivery rates and ordered the Company to immediately restore rates to those in effect as of June 30, 2020 as soon as practicable, but no later than August 7, 2020, and until directed otherwise by the Authority.  The intention of the Authority’s reexamination of the administrative  adjustments is to ensure that Eversource is not over-collecting revenues in the short term at the expense of ratepayers during this period of financial hardship.  All rate adjustments in this proceeding are subject to final approval in the Company’s Rate Adjustment Mechanism docket.

The Authority hereby announces that a hearing in this matter will be held on Monday, August 24, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., via remote access.  Access instructions are set forth below.  The Authority may continue the hearing on additional dates, as deemed necessary. 

Access meeting here:

Remote attendee access: Docket Participants and interested stakeholders must register through the web link below to listen in to, or to participate in the meeting:

https://ctdeep.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYqcO2urTosGtGf4iMYOF9fUA1xdzNgkD_6  

Meeting ID#  927 7463 1605

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  The meeting will be recorded.

The public may call the Authority’s offices, at (860) 827-1553, option 4 (using a touch tone phone), commencing each day from 7:30 a.m., to be advised as to whether this hearing has been cancelled or postponed due to inclement weather.  Persons with special needs in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act who wish to attend this noticed event should contact the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection at (860) 418-5910 or deep.accommodations@ct.gov.

Dated at New Britain, Connecticut, this 31st day of July, 2020.

PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY

                                                            Jeffrey R. Gaudiosi, Esq.

                                                            Executive Secretary

(GBC)

Notice filed with the Secretary of the State on July 31, 2020.

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