Energy Costs Increases for Connecticut. Here's what you need to know. There are options and there is help. Take a moment to read this blog and find out how you can benefit! Connecticut residents and businesses are already feeling the impact of these global trends in heating oil and gasoline retail prices, and in the supply portion of their natural gas and electricity bills.
Standard service generation supply rates for residential customers of the state’s two electric distribution companies, Eversource Energy and United Illuminating (UI), will be increasing from historic lows of 7.08 cents/kWh (Eversource) and 8.01 cents/kWh (UI) during the latter half of 2021, to 11.165 cents/kWh (Eversource) and 10.67 cents/kWh (UI) for the first half of 2022.
“Starting November 1 through May 1, there is a moratorium on heating source shut-offs for eligible households,”PURA Chairman Marissa P. Gillett said. “PURA urges customers to contact their utility and inquire about the Winter Protection Program, as well as other programs for which they may be eligible. Ask your electric or gas utility, ‘am I eligible to be coded hardship?’ Our collective focus on these issues will mitigate the impact of external forces on our generation rates this winter, but there is more work to be done. PURA looks forward to continuing our partnership with the Lamont administration and other stakeholders to tackle the important issues of energy affordability, and I am proud of the strides made thus far.”
Customers who use natural gas may see rates go up in the range of 10 to 20%. Home heating oil customers can expect an increase of 40% above last year and a 15% increase over the average of the last five years. Gasoline customers are seeing higher prices. Consumers can track real-time price information for natural gas, propane, and heating oil on the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s website. Information about electric rates, competitive supply offers, and energy efficiency solutions is available at EnergizeCT’s website.
As heating oil prices rise, we are grateful to have had the opportunity today at Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)'s Energy Update to share information on Op Fuel energy and utility bill assistance through their online portal at www.operationfuel.org/gethelp