The House has passed a bill that will eliminate the ability of consumers to choose to buy power from a third-party supplier.
What’s that, you say? You didn’t realize you could do that? Well, you aren’t alone. The ability to buy from a third party instead of from UI or CL&P has existed since the state deregulated the electricity market in the late 1990s. Since then, though, the market has not coughed up any real alternatives, and most people (97%) have stuck with their original utility.
The bill gives the two utilities more power to negotiate directly with power generators, which legislators hope will save consumers and businesses money.
Like to leave your car running while you wait for your kid to go buy a soda at 7-11? Well, you may soon be committing a crime. The state Senate passed a bill that would make it illegal to leave any motor vehicle idling for more than three minutes. Traffic conditions and cold weather are some of the many exemptions.