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CL&P Seeks Rate Increase

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File photo of a street light. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

File photo of a street light. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

BERLIN, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Light and Power said Friday that it plans to seek a 5.9 percent rate increase from state regulators as it works to replace aging infrastructure and improve reliability.

The state’s largest utility, which has about 1.2 million customers, said any approved electric rate increase would not go into effect until December.

Under the proposal, customers using an average of 700 kilowatt-hours of power a month would see their bills rise by $6.76.

The company says it is investing in new and stronger poles, wires, transformers and substations, which it says will result in fewer outages.

“Already, CL&P customers are seeing fewer and shorter power outages, as the system performed at its highest level in 2013 since the year 2000,” the company said in a statement.

State Attorney General George Jepsen urged the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to carefully review the rate increase request.

“Connecticut’s electric rates remain extremely high,” he said. “My office will participate in this proceeding, and I will urge PURA to approve rates that are no more than just and reasonable, as required by law.”

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