Group Seeks To Stop State's Sweep Of Energy Efficiency Fees

May 15, 2018 - 1:14 pm

Aaron Kupec/WTIC

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTIC and AP) - A coalition of environmental groups and others wants a federal judge to stop Connecticut officials from sweeping $145 million in energy efficiency fees on electric bills to help balance the state budget.  

The group filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court. It wants to block a planned transfer of funds next month and restore money already removed from the account, which aims to help low- and moderate-income families save money on energy bills, among other things.  

Roger Reynolds, chief legal director for Connecticut Fund for the Environment, says the transfer violates the U.S. Constitution because the state is essentially violating a contract between two utilities and their customers. The suit also seeks to stop the sweep of money from the Connecticut Green Bank, a program that finances clean energy projects. 

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