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CL&P proposes significant increase on utility bills

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BERLIN, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut Light and Power has sent letters to its customers notifying them of a possible increase on utility bills.

The letter calls for a flat increase of nearly $10 per month, a 60 percent increase, and another hike that depends on your power consumption.

"The bottom line is about the same thing, more reliable service for our customers," said Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) spokesman Mitch Gross.

The money raised will cover a gap related to storm damage, Gross said, and fortify aging utility poles, transmission lines and other equipment.

CL&P said it is following the lead of other major utility companies across the nation who are raising rates.

Connecticut residents pay the third highest average price for electricity in the nation.

"You need electricity, you have to pay for it so basically I have nothing against it if they go up" on prices, said Charles Jakubczyk.

He said he tries to save every dollar he can but he supports the increase because it's for a necessary service.

Public hearings will still take place and the state will make the final call later this year.

CL&P has asked for the rates to be effective by Dec. 1.

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