Proposal to cap electric charge to be discussed

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A key Connecticut lawmaker is joining a coalition of labor, religious and environmental groups to discuss a legislative proposal to place a cap on the residential fixed charge imposed by the state’s largest electric utility, Connecticut Light and Power.

Rep. Lonnie Reed, a Branford Democrat, was scheduled to appear Monday at the Legislative Office Building with members of the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs. The proposal under consideration would cap the charge at $10 a month. Reed co-chairs the legislature’s energy committee.

The monthly charge that most residential customers pay regardless of usage levels is currently $16. While CL&P asked for an increase to $25.50, Connecticut regulators said they would allow an increase to $19.25 monthly.

CL&P provides service to approximately 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns.

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