Public Utilities Regulatory Authority announces 10 percent hike on natural gas

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority in Connecticut has announced that homeowners with natural gas could see their monthly bills hiked 10 percent for 10 years.

NORWALK - The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority in Connecticut has announced that homeowners with natural gas could see their monthly bills hiked 10 percent for 10 years.

Businesses could see their bills rise 50 percent per billing cycle over a decade.

Family-owned heating oil businesses in southwestern Connecticut say that a new proposal to connect hundreds of thousands of customers to natural gas would hurt their companies and possibly the customers' bottom line.

News 12 Connecticut spoke with the owner of Devine Brother's Inc., whose family has owned a heating oil business since 1918. Tom Devine says the fact that the state has control over natural gas has made competitive pricing nearly impossible.  

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