In the coming year, consumers of electricity in Connecticut (in other words, everybody in Connecticut) are going to be subjected to significantly higher rates.
Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) will increase rates by 7.1% after already raising them 22% in early 2006, and United Illuminating (UI) will jump their rates a whopping 49% by mid-2007.
I'm one of those unfortunate UI customers.
I should have asked for candles for Christmas.
Legislators in Connecticut have promised to make energy costs a priority in the coming session. On September 12, 2006, CT House Speaker Jim Amann (D-118) named a team of eight experts to a new Fuel Diversification Task Force charged with recommending how the state can encourage the development of alternative energy sources.
The panel of academics, industry and consumer representatives must report its findings to the Legislature by January 1, as part of a statewide ‘Energize CT’ initiative, which also includes a series of forums throughout the state to help educate residents and businesses on becoming more energy efficient.
And nationally, there are still major problems with the (Cheney) Energy Policy Act of 2005 (HR-6), signed into law on August 8, 2005. This act has done more harm to the likelyhood of lower energy prices while simultaneously being the most environmentally-damaging national legislation ever to be passed in the US. It's a gigantic subsidy bill, providing support to almost every conceivable dirty energy technology, including nuclear power, fossil fuels, and polluting "alternative" fuels.
Senator Joe Lieberman was the only Democrat in the Northeast to vote for this bill.
The energy issue will be a top priority for 2007. Hopefully our representatives will stop acting in the corporate interests and begin passing legislation that protects their constituents.