OUR VIEW: Why, oh why, is my energy bill so high?

Published on Sunday, 16 July 2017 21:29
Written by staff

Finally! A survey that placed Connecticut as number one!

But this isn’t good news.

According to an analysis by the personal finance website WalletHub, Connecticut residents pay the highest energy costs - including​ electricity, natural gas,​ and​​ motor fuel - in the nation.

The culprit? Geography.

“We’re at the end of the spigot,” Joel Gordes, a West Hartford-based energy consultant, told ​t​he New Haven Register. He was referring to Connecticut’s distance from the nation’s oil and natural gas fields.

The natural gas pipelines that bring the fuel to Connecticut and the rest of New England have ​a ​“constraint” in the amount of natural gas they can deliver to the region during periods of peak demand. That constraint drives up the cost of natural gas during peak usage periods. That, in turn, affects the cost of electricity, since a large percentage of the power plants in New England that produce electricity run on natural gas.

But, short of moving to a place that’s ground-zero for energy production, what can we do?

Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said the state is placing a high priority on improving energy efficiency.

“In past few years, funding for popular and cost-effective efficiency programs for homes and businesses has more than doubled. People are taking advantage of these programs to reduce energy use and therefore reduce their bills.

Have you had an energy audit? It could save you money.

​And we also should be looking at ways to remove limits on natural gas delivery so that we can get more here when we need it.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials on Sunday, 16 July 2017 21:29. Updated: Sunday, 16 July 2017 21:32.