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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Consumers Continue Exodus To Alternative Power Providers

During a six month period between May 31 and Nov. 30th of 2009, about 23,000 United Illuminating Co. customers chose to seek new power providers in an effort to reduce generation costs on their electric bills.

That’s according to the latest data from the Department of Public Utility Control, which gets monthly reports from both UI and Connecticut Light & Power Co. During the same six month period at CL&P, 58,000 customers switched to alternative power providers, according to the DPUC’s data.

Statewide, about 20 percent of the 1.28 million electric customers in the state, or nearly 260,000, are served by alternative power providers.

Even with about 192,000 of its customers seeking alternative power providers, CL&P still purchases electricity for 1.02 million of its customers. UI still buys power for 259,309 consumers, even after having 67,649 seek out different power generators.

Connecticut lawmakers voted to deregulate the generation portion of the business in 1998. The laws that forced UI and CL&P to sell off their power plants and begin purchasing electricity on the open market didn’t begin until the year 2000.

For more on this story, read Wednesday's New Haven Register.

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