Latest News - 2012

December 28, 2012 - Attorney General, Consumer Counsel Alert Consumers to Lower Electric Rates

December 19, 2012 - OCC Sheds Light on the Process and Details of a Rate Case

December 10, 2012 - OCC Participates in Siting Council Docket Regarding Back-Up Power for Wireless Telecommunications Towers

December 6, 2012 - West Hartford to Host Solar Celebration at Wolcott Elementary School

December 6, 2012 - Connecticut Electric Ratepayers to Receive $5 Million Benefit through Federal Settlement with Constellation Energy

December 3, 2012 - Attorney General, Consumer Counsel Seek to Enforce Terms of Merger Settlement Agreement With NU - View Letter

November 28, 2012 - Peaking Power Plants Update

November 28, 2012 - Connecticut Agencies Protest ISO New England Budget Increases - view filing

November 26, 2012 - Office of Consumer Counsel Urges Caution When Shopping for 2013 Electric Rates

November 14, 2012 - National Average of Allowed Utility Return on Equity Hits Record Low Level

November 9, 2012 - Consumer Counsel Urges Customers to Take Advantage of Storm-Related Credits

November 2, 2012 - Office of Consumer Counsel Announces Ways to Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

November 2, 2012 - Consumer Counsel Urges Everyone to Check Appliances During the Power Outage

October 31, 2012 - OCC Meets with Municipal Officials in Towns Affected by Hurricane Sandy

October 29, 2012 - Changes to Enhanced 911 Program to Take Effect January 1, 2013

October 10, 2012 - Connecticut Moves Up to #6 State for Energy Efficiency

October 1, 2012 - Peaking Power Plants Update

September 21, 2012 - OCC Supports Procurement Plan for Standard Service Customers

September 19, 2012 - Utility Poles: Facts About These Essential Workhorses of Our State's Utility Networks

September 12, 2012 - Office of Consumer Counsel Releases 2011-2012 Scorecard

September 7, 2012 - OCC Filed Comments in Support of PURA's Draft Order in Pole Attachments Rates Docket

September 4, 2012 - Office of Consumer Counsel to Participate in Application of Federal Grant

September 4, 2012 - Office of Consumer Counsel Releases 2012 Annual Report

August 30, 2012 - Office of Consumer Counsel Welcomes New Attorney

August 20, 2012 - Dockets to Establish Performance Standards for Electric, Gas and Telecommunications Companies

August 17, 2012 - Aquarion Water Company Seeks Approval to Issue $60 Million of Unsecured Debt

August 16, 2012 - Consumers Need Energetic Public Watchdogs - Hartford Courant Editorial

August 14, 2012 - Note to Self: Double-Check Those Electric Bills - The New York Times Article

August 13, 2012 - CL&P Pays Cheshire Woman Billed 25 Years For Street Lights $10,000 - Hartford Courant Article by Kevin Hunt

August 13, 2012 - Office of Consumer Counsel Helps Ratepayer Receive Reimbursement After 25 Years

August 11, 2012 - Scrambling To Be Ready for the Next Big Storm - Hartford Courant OP-Ed Article by Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz

August 10, 2012 - Energy Costs Up During Summer Months

July 30, 2012 - PURA to Hold Public Hearings on Tree Trimming Practices in Four Towns

July 26, 2012 - Attorney General, Consumer Counsel Petition Regulators for Investigation of Connecticut Electric Supplier

July 24, 2012 - Response to Draft Decision on Storm Response: Too Weak (State Officials); Too Strong (CL&P) - courant.com Article

July 23, 2012 - Office of Consumer Counsel Supports Draft Decision in Storm Investigation Docket, But Pushes for Additional Findings on Town Liaisons, Outage Estimates, and Other Issues

July 18, 2012 - Stockholders Must Pay for Waterbury CL&P Mess, Regulators Ruled - ctwatchdog.com Article

July 18, 2012 - Attorney General, Consumer Counsel Say CL&P Customers to Benefit From Safer, More Reliable Underground Distribution Systems

July 9, 2012 - Bringing Private Sector Investment into Connecticut for Economic Development: Gig.U Ultra-High-Speed Internet Initiative

July 3, 2012 - OCC's Recommendations in Storm Docket

June 25, 2012 - New Procurement Policies for Investor-Owned Electric Utilities in CT

June 18, 2012 - Peaking Power Plants Update

June 15, 2012 - OCC Unveils New Logo

June 12, 2012 - Comprehensive Energy Planning for the State

June 11, 2012 - Connecticut Officials Heap Criticism on CL&P - New Haven Register Article

June 11, 2012 - Office of Consumer Counsel's Brief in Docket 11-09-09, PURA Investigation Into the Public Service Companies Response to the 2011 Storms

June 11, 2012 - Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz Says it is Time for Action in Storm Investigation Docket

June 8, 2012 - Rate Basing Electric Conservation & Load Management Programs

May 18, 2012 - Connecticut's Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative

May 11, 2012 - Boost Bottom Line Through Energy Efficiency

May 11, 2012 - Legislature Passes Storm Standards Bill; OCC Given Broader Mission

May 1, 2012 - Consumer Counsel's Statement to PURA About Pole Administration Issues in Storm Docket

April 27, 2012 - OCC JOB POSTING: STAFF ATTORNEY 2

April 27, 2012 - Coming Soon: New Procurement Policies for the Investor Owned Electric Utilities in Connecticut

April 25, 2012 - Water Submetering: What is it and Who is Impacted?

April 23, 2012 - Storm Docket Proceeding Continues in the Hearing Room. View OCC's Testimony in Storm Docket: 4/5/2012, 4/9/2012, 4/11/2012, 4/17/2012

April 19, 2012 - Peaking Power Plants in Connecticut

April 10, 2012 - Energy Sustainability Tips To Business Owners - StamfordPlus.com Article

April 2, 2012 - Competitive Electric Generation Supply Offers Hit All Time Lows in Connecticut

March 29, 2012 - EPA Awards NEEP and Energy Efficiency Fund Energy Star - StamfordPlus.com Article

March 26 - Attorney General, Consumer Counsel Praise Draft Decision On NU-NSTAR Merger

March 23, 2012 - Consumer Counsel Urges Settlement Approval in NU-NSTAR Merger Case

March 19, 2012 - Governor's Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative

March 14, 2012 - OCC's Richard Steeves' Article on Energy Effieciency Programs Helping Small Businesses - Hartford Business Journal Article Link

March 13, 2012 - NU-NSTAR Merger - Hartford Courant Article Link

March 8, 2012 - OCC Supports National Effort to Limit Incentives For Electric Transmission Line Construction to Reasonable Levels. View Letter

February 29, 2012 - Survival of the 'Energy' Fittest: Small Business and Boosting Bottom Line

February 27, 2012 - The Consolidation of the Water Industry in Connecticut Continues

February 24, 2012 - The 2012 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) looks at the projected future electricity supply and demand for Connecticut and develops a plan to meet those needs.

February 24, 2012 - Elin Swanson Katz Confirmed as Consumer Counsel

February 16, 2012 - Office of Consumer Counsel Proposes Legislation

February 15, 2012 - OCC, The Storms, and Docket Number 11-09-09. Whether directly or indirectly, just about everyone in our State felt the impact of power and communications outages from Tropical Storm Irene and the October Nor'easter.

February 10, 2012 - Office of Consumer Counsel Releases Updated Annual Report

February 9, 2012 - Attorney General, Consumer Counsel Credit State Regulators for Quick Response on NU/NStar Motion

February 8, 2012 - "Energy Efficiency in Connecticut 2012: Where We Are and What Lies Ahead," a presentation by OCC's Principal Utilities Finance Specialist and First Vice Chair of the Energy Efficiency Board, Richard Steeves.

February 7, 2012 - Attorney General and Consumer Counsel Urge Regulators to Clarify Standard of Review for Proposed NU/NStar Merger

February 3, 2012 - About the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund

January 27, 2012 - OCC and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) to Conduct Briefings Across the State Entitled "Guidelines for the Development of a Strategic Plan for Accessibility to and Adoption of Broadband Services in Connecticut"

January 19, 2012 - Regulators Should Fine CL&P For Failed Repairs to Underground Distribution System in Waterbury

January 18, 2012 - Consumer Counsel Applauds PURA's Decision to Review Proposed Merger

January 18, 2012 - OCC Seeks Clarification from Appellate Court Regarding When an Agency Decision Under Reconsideration is Final for Purposes of Appeal Under the Uniform Administrative Procedure Act, as Amended by Public Act 06-32. OCC's brief, linked here, focuses on the Superior Court's denial of a motion to dismiss an appeal of a Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) decision that was under reconsideration at the time the appeal was taken.

January 13, 2012 - OCC Argues for NU/NSTAR Merger Review at PURA. OCC is hopeful that a merger review will occur so that the interests of Connecticut's citizens and utility customers will be considered.

January 13, 2012 - Consumer Counsel Backs PURA, Towns

January 11, 2012 - Consumer Counsel Issues Storm Restoration Survey

January 11, 2012 - Consumer Counsel Joins Municipalities' Call For Immediate Steps to Prepare For Next Storm

January 4, 2012 - State Utility Regulators Expected To Throw Out Decision, Will Call For Full Review of NU-NSTAR Merger