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CNG & SNG Get Green Light For Layoffs

Connecticut public utility regulators have given a tentative green light to Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut Gas to lay off 65 workers. The layoffs were opposed by state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal who claimed…

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Ct Atty Gen To Fight CL&P Rate Increase

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said today he will fight Connecticut Light & Power’s proposed 5 percent rate hike that the company wants to phase in to erase a comparable rate decrease early next year.

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F&S Oil Customers To Get Restitution

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today praised the court’s approval of a settlement providing about $1 million in restitution to thousands of F&S Oil Co. customers owed money or heating oil after the company’s abrupt closure…

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CL&P Rates Decline Slightly, Still Too High

“This rate decrease makes a small dent in our highest-in-the-nation electricity rates — reflecting purchasing reforms ordered with my support by the DPUC, and lower gas prices. Even with this decrease, Connecticut’s rates will remain…

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Buderus Savings Claims: Put Salt On It

Buderus furnaces are highly recommended by heating oil companies, but sprinkle a lot of salt on advertisements that promise huge savings. For instance, former TV weatherman Hilton Kaderli has been shilling for Homestead Fuel in…

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CNG/SCG Layoffs Blocked By Conn Officials

“This DPUC ruling is a huge victory for the public interest, particularly public safety.

“This step stops the companies from cravenly and cavalierly firing more than 70 workers essential to protecting public safety and service reliability. Even as the DPUC continues an investigation, the companies sought to circumvent the decision and hijack the legal process. Monday will mean business as usual — no layoffs.

“These workers — including gas technicians and dispatchers — are the first responders to gas leaks and other serious public safety hazards. The beginning of the winter storm season — on the eve of Thanksgiving — makes this time the worst possible for layoffs of first responders critical to repairing gas leaks and other fuel problems.

“I applaud the DPUC for giving this decision the critical consideration that it deserved — and recognizing our powerful concerns. This case is about more than the workers who will suffer job loss and hardships headed into the holiday season. Public safety and service reliability are paramount in preserving these jobs.

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Firewood Buying Made Simple: Ct Consumer Protection Tips

  HARTFORD, October 26–  With colder weather ahead, high fuel prices and the popularity of energy-saving stoves and fireplace inserts, demand for firewood is high.  The Department of Consumer Protection is offering some simple tips…

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CNG & SCG put layoffs on hold

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Consumer Counsel Mary Healey announced that — immediately after they presented argument at a public hearing today — the Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) agreed to indefinitely bar layoffs at Connecticut Natural Gas (CNG) and Southern Connecticut Gas (SCG).

As Blumenthal and Healey urged, the gas companies are prohibited from laying off employees until the DPUC investigates whether the job cuts threaten safety and reliability and conflict with rate orders.