Jepsen Backs Esty On Electricity Meters Case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says the state’s energy and environmental commissioner acted properly when he asked state utility regulators to halt a final decision on Connecticut Light & Power’s application to install advanced electricity meters.

Jepsen, responding to a request by Consumer Counsel Mary Healey, said Monday that Daniel C. Esty, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection commissioner, acted consistently with state law authorizing the agency to set energy policy. The Hartford Courant and Republican-American reported that Healey and others questioned Esty’s intervention because he appoints three regulators.

Public utility regulators denied CL&P’s application to install at a cost of $863 million over 20 years smart meters that detail the use of household appliances. Regulators said the meters would provide only a small return for ratepayers and that industry standards are lacking.

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

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