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Old 07-24-2012, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Glastonbury, CT
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I am moving to Glastonbury from FL and just called to schedule start service with Connecticut P&L. The rep rattled off some 'survey questionnaire' to which I had to answer yes or no, and somewhere in there I thought I heard something about freedom to choose a provider. Not thinking much about it, I was surprised that I wasn't asked to make a deposit (my deposit here in FL is almost $500), and wondering if I've really improved my credit that much, I searched online to see what the typical deposit was. One of the sites I found was lowerelectriccost.com. Supposedly an optional power company serving CT?

WHAT!!!!!?

I've never heard of such a thing. P&L competition? Anybody use them? Are they cheaper? As reliable? For real, even? The site says CT recently deregulated electricity service. Woah.
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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I've never heard of an electricity deposit here in CT. But yes, in Ct. we now have a choice for providers. With another electric supplier CL&P will still service your electricity if you have a problem, and you receive bills from CL&P no matter which provider you go with. If you search around you can usually find a cheaper alternative to CL&P. However, some companies will charge a fee if you later drop them, so choose carefully. And every six months to a year an alternative supplier's rates will rise. Frankly it's a PITA to keep up with the changes, and although we save a little each month since dropping CL&P I'm beginning to wonder if it's worth the trouble.

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Old 07-24-2012, 10:50 AM
 
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Yes, CT has an interesting electric service system. Your main provider is Connecticut Light & Power
( Cl & P). You have to use their distribution lines. However, there may be other electric providers in your area.

If chose a different provider, then you pay them for electricity and pay another smaller fee to CL & P for their portion of distribution. Do good research to see what service gives you the best deal.

Perhaps some of our members who live in the Glastonbury area will come along and have more info on just what providers there are and how their rates compare to straight CL & P service. There can be a decent savings.

Welcome to Connecticut
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:19 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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this website may help you understand the system here in CT

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Old 07-24-2012, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Middletown, CT
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Yes, you can save money by changing to an alternative provider. But you need to do the research yourself. Anyone who is offering incentives or going door-to-door is probably planning to scam you by having adjustable pricing that "adjusts" much higher after you sign up. A big red flag is not publishing historical prices.

Also, CL&Ps rate looks like it went way down in 2012, from 9.482 cents to 8.279. So my carefully researched alternate provider Discount Energy is actually charging me more now (8.9 cents). So that's a downside.
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