CT lawmakers are calling for Eversource to be heard in multiple states

Connecticut lawmakers are calling for a multi-state hearing on utility Eversource after what they describe as “exorbitant and punitive” rate hikes are due to take effect next year.

In a letter sent Friday to the chairman of the state’s public utility regulator, Senate Democrats called on PURA to hold a meeting in cooperation with regulators in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

“This hearing should cover the process by which Eversource is sourcing energy, how it is forecasting prices for natural gas and other fuel sources, and whether it is providing its ratepayers with adequate protections from the excessive increases we have just proposed,” the letter said Signed by 20 Senate Democrats, including Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, D-New Haven, and Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk.

A spokesman for PURA said Friday morning that Chairwoman Marissa Gillett “shares the senators’ goals to increase accountability and transparency and looks forward to making all reasonable efforts to address this unsustainable situation.”