- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A group of Connecticut lawmakers say they support a proposal that would cap fixed residential charges imposed by the state’s largest electric utilities.

Monday’s announcement comes after state regulators said Connecticut Light & Power could increase the current $16 a month charge to $19.25. The company originally sought a $25.50 charge, saying the money was needed to cover significant expenses.

The bill under consideration would cap future fees at $10. Proponents contend higher fixed costs discourage alternative energy usage.

Rep. Lonnie Reed, co-chairman of the legislature’s energy committee, said she hopes the bill encourages CL&P; and United Illuminating to work with lawmakers on a compromise.

CL&P; spokesman Mitch Gross said capping the fixed rate would negatively affect the utility’s ability to perform upgrades and would ultimately increase variable rates.

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