Conn. electric ratepayers urged to shop around

As Conn. electricity rates fall, officials urge consumers to shop around best price

Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- As electricity rates fall in Connecticut, officials are encouraging consumers to take advantage and shop around for the best price.

Service rates offered by Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating are falling slightly due to changes that were approved recently by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and take effect on Jan. 1. CL&P is a unit of Northeast Utilities and United Illuminating is a unit of UIL Holdings Corp.

Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz says consumers can choose from many competing providers of electric generation services and should take a close look at the terms of their current service before renewing contracts.

Attorney General George Jepsen says it is a good time to compare generation service providers. But he also cautioned consumers about terms and conditions that may be imposed by alternative generation suppliers who advertise a lower short-term rate.

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