Eversource Seeks Rate Hike to Cover Storm Damage Costs

Connecticut's largest electric utility has asked the state for permission to charge ratepayers for the more than $150 million it has spent to repair damage caused by five major storms over the past two years.

Those storms include a powerful wind storm on October 29, 2017, three consecutive nor'easters in March 2018, and severe thunderstorms and tornadoes on May 15, 2018.

The rate request filed with the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority is scheduled for public hearings on Feb. 5 and 6. A final decision is tentatively expected April 4. If approved, they would take effect May 1.

Gross says if approved, the average customer's bill would increase by about $1.85 per month for six years.

Eversource serves about 1.2 million electric customers in 149 Connecticut cities and towns.

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