September 1, 2022

Beginning Sept. 1, Connecticut Residents Will See Lower Electric Rates

Savings average $120 a year for Eversource customers, $93 for UI customers

HARTFORD – Beginning tomorrow, September 1, more than 1.5 million Connecticut households will see their electric bills drop by $93-$120 a year.

“When utility bills arrive each month, I hear from dozens of constituents who want to know what Connecticut is doing about the high cost of energy. The lower rates that become effective September 1 are a step in the right direction,” said Sen. Haskell. “Connecticut must continue working to build a grid that is affordable, reliable and green. I’m grateful to our Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for granting this relief for families in my community and across the state.”

Two weeks ago, the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) lowered allowable electric rates for Eversource and United Illuminating that are expected to save the average residential Eversource electric customer (who uses 700Kw of energy per month) $9.78 per month, and save the average United Illuminating customer $7.72 per month. Savings would be higher for people who use more energy.

The lower rates are effective from tomorrow, September 1, 2022, through April 30, 2023.

Eversource serves 1.2 million Connecticut electric customers in 149 towns, and United Illuminating serves 341,000 Connecticut electric customers in 17 towns in Fairfield and New Haven Counties, including Bridgeport and New Haven.

The electricity price cuts are the result of energy company savings that are tied to state-approved purchase agreements from Dominion Energy’s Millstone nuclear power station in Waterford. In 2017, the state legislature approved a new law that permitted Millstone to compete with other carbon-free sources of electricity, including hydro, wind and solar. Then, in 2019, Governor Lamont announced that PURA had approved a new contract between Dominion, Eversource and United Illuminating requiring the utilities to purchase approximately 50 percent of Millstone’s output (9 million MWH/year) for 10 years.

That cost savings is driven by the millions of dollars the electric companies saved by buying power from Millstone and the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant at rates that are now below the market average in New England.