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November 6, 2023

Two natural gas subsidiaries of United Illuminating apply for rate hikes

PHOTO | Contributed A work crew installs a natural gas pipeline.

Connecticut Natural Gas (CNG) and Southern Connecticut Gas (SCG), both subsidiaries of United Illuminating, have filed applications with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority seeking revenue increases of 9% and 19%, respectively, which would raise rates for customers.

Their rate case proceedings will take place over the next year.

CNG has requested an increase of $19.8 million in revenue and SCG is seeking $40.6 million in additional revenue. 

If approved, an average residential heating customer of CNG would see a 5.2% increase over their current bills, according to Consumer Counsel Claire Coleman. For SCG, that number is 11%.

The new rates would take effect Nov. 1, 2024.

CNG and SCG say the increases are necessary due to deficiencies in their current operating budgets.   

Coleman said her office will look at each company’s financials and review every line item in the requested increases “to ensure customers only pay the cost of receiving reliable service.”   

“When gas rates are out of sync with a utility’s actual costs and consumer needs, individual customers and businesses across the state suffer,” Coleman said. 

CNG serves 25 municipalities, including Hartford, and has roughly 185,000 customers. SCG serves 24 municipalities and has about 208,000 customers along the southern Connecticut coast from Westport to Old Saybrook, including Bridgeport and New Haven.  

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