State Agency Proposes Tracking Impact On Arrearages From Customer's Participation In Retail Electric Choice
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The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy (BETP) said in comments to the Connecticut PURA, in an energy affordability proceeding (Docket No. 17-12-03RE01), that the impact, on the customer's arrearage status, from a customer's participation in retail electric choice should be tracked
A hardship customer is defined pursuant to Sections 16-245o(m) and 16-262c of the General Statutes of Connecticut
BETP noted that hardship customers are a subset of low-income customers.
"Many low-income customers who have not qualified as hardship customers may also find themselves struggling with energy costs and either be in arrears or close to it," BETP said
Citing previously reported data offered in Docket 18-06-02, BETP said that, "In Connecticut, hardship customers paid $7.2 million more to third party suppliers than customers on standard service rates."
"BETP is concerned that non-hardship low income customers may also be significantly overpaying for wholesale energy," BETP said
As such, BETP said, "BETP believes it would be useful to track the impacts of consumer participation in retail electric supply on customers’ arrearage status."