From Luther Turmelle, New Haven Register.
Release of the plan to the public came just hours before PURA held a public hearing on that $100 million rate increase in Bridgeport Thursday night. A second hearing is scheduled for Monday in New Haven at the city’s Hall of Records.
One of the founders of Fight The Hike, a group created to oppose previous increases, called UI’s latest proposal “absurd.”
“I think they are out of their minds,” said Frank Panzarella, a New Haven resident who helped found the grass-roots group along with his wife, Paula. “It’s absolutely absurd for them to expect ratepayers to pay for this; it’s just unrealistic given the state of Connecticut’s economy and how much people are suffering already. UI should have been making these improvements all along.”
Elin Swanson Katz, Connecticut’s Consumer Counsel, who represents the state’s utility customers in rate increase hearings said she is determined to make sure the company receives “what it needs and only what it needs.”
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