Connecticut residents can expect as much as 20 percent higher electric generation rates this winter mainly because of lack of capacity in the region’s natural gas pipelines which fuels power plants, according to the Hartford Courant.
Because of increased demand this winter, power generators have had to increase use of more expensive coal and oil plans.
Rates are expected to fall once the winter heating season is over.
“The jump in standard service rates in Connecticut, however, is smaller than increases in other New England states. In Massachusetts, rates will increase by as much as 38 percent. In Rhode Island, the electric costs are set to increase by 27 percent,” the Courant said.
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