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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Retail energy companies are breaking from past opposition and are now warmer to state legislation proposing sweeping changes in Connecticut’s energy industry.

Connecticut Association of Retail Energy Suppliers spokesman Jason Calabrese said Wednesday the group hopes to participate in the legislative effort. Legislation approved last year but vetoed by then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell would have reorganized the Department of Public Utility Control, provided incentives for renewable energy, required rate reductions and set efficiency standards for appliances.

Retail suppliers opposed a provision that would have allowed utilities and retailers to bill customers separately. The provision was removed. But retailers insisted on one bill, saying it was cheaper and simpler.

Calabrese says retail energy supplies believe state lawmakers are listening to their ideas. The suppliers have more than 600,000 customers.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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