April 1st Electric Rate Adjustment

Electric rates have risen throughout the country due to several factors, including rising natural gas prices. Additional causes have been; higher than usual winter demand for electricity and a global supply shortage of natural gas and oil, worsened by the current geo-political climate abroad. Groton Utilities (GU) is proud that we have been able to absorb and mitigate these higher than normal energy costs through this past winter and, in turn, help to protect some of the most vulnerable residents through the heating season.

Groton Utilities is very sensitive to any pricing increases but unfortunately, these sustained high energy costs will cause Groton Utilities to pass some of these increases through to our customers.

Beginning April 1st, customers will see an increase in the Transmission Cost Adjustment (TCA) and Purchased Power Adjustment (PPA) portion of their electric bill. PPA will increase $0.0256/kWh while TCA will increase by $0.0016/kWh, totaling an increase of 2.72 cents per kWh.

This will impact all customer classifications from residential, to commercial and industrial. All customers should prepare for higher-than-normal bills this spring and summer. An average residential customer using 700 kWh of electricity per month could see an increase of 17% on their bill, or approximately $19.00.

Much of the electrical rate is driven by the natural gas market for Groton Utilities. Approximately 50% of GU power is created from natural gas sources. With the price of natural gas having increased more than 300% in January alone, the turbulent electric supply market has led to increases in utility bills for customers of all utilities. GU has precautions in place to stabilize electrical rates, which is why you have not previously seen a hike in rates as have many other utility customers. In fact GU absorbed over $3.5 million in additional power supply costs over this past winter. Unfortunately, we have reached a point where we can no longer absorb the increase in market costs.

While our rates have increased, please be aware that the average Groton Utilities residential customer bill is still $50 less than the average Connecticut electric utility, making our average rate 28.5% less.

Groton Utilities will continue to monitor and review the cost of power and make appropriate rate adjustments accordingly.

Groton Utilities stresses that now, more than ever, customers need to do all they can to conserve energy to reduce their monthly utility bill. We encourage customers to visit the Residential Energy Conservation section of our website and discover all the different ways you can conserve energy and save money, such as scheduling a free Home Energy Audit and/or starting a home insulation project to reduce heating & cooling costs.. Additionally, Groton Utilities is currently running a promotion on rebates for the purchase of Electric Vehicles, HVAC Mini-Splits, Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heaters and Smart Thermostats. Visit our Residential Energy Conservation Center and learn about all our current offerings.

World Water Day 2022

World Water DayWhen is World Water Day?

World Water Day is held on 22 March every year.

What is World Water Day?

World Water Day is an annual United Nations Observance, started in 1993, focusing on the importance of water, coordinated by UN-Water and led by one or more UN-Water Members and Partners with a related mandate.

What is the aim of World Water Day?

World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Groundwater – making the invisible visible

World Water Day 2022 is focused on the importance of groundwater. Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere.
Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives. In the driest parts of the world, it may be the only water people have. Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater, supporting drinking water supplies, sanitation systems, farming, industry and ecosystems.

In many places, human activities over-use and pollute groundwater. In other places, we simply do not know how much water is down there.
Groundwater will play a critical role in adapting to climate change. We need to work together to sustainably manage this precious resource.
Groundwater may be out of sight, but it must not be out of mind.

What is Groundwater?

Groundwater is water found underground in aquifers, which are geological formations of rocks, sands and gravels that hold substantial quantities of water. Groundwater feeds springs, rivers, lakes and wetlands, and seeps into oceans. Groundwater is recharged mainly from rain and snowfall infiltrating the ground. Groundwater can be extracted to the surface by pumps and wells.


Why is groundwater Important?

Almost all the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater. Life would not be possible without groundwater. Most arid areas of the world depend entirely on groundwater. Groundwater supplies a large proportion of the water we use for drinking, sanitation, food
production and industrial processes. Groundwater is also critically important to the healthy functioning of ecosystems, such as wetlands and rivers. Overexploitation of groundwater can lead to land instability and subsidence, and, in coastal regions, to sea water intrusion under the land.

Why Should we Care about Groundwater?

Groundwater is being over-used in many areas, where more water is abstracted from aquifers than is recharged by rain and snow. Continuous over-use leads eventually to depletion of the resource. Groundwater is polluted in many areas and remediation is often a long and difficult process. This increases the costs of processing groundwater, and sometimes even prevents its use.
In other places, we do not know how much groundwater lies beneath our feet, which means we could be failing to harness a potentially vital water resource. Exploring, protecting and sustainably using groundwater will be central to surviving and adapting to climate change and meeting the needs of a growing population.

What Can We do About Groundwater?

Groundwater has always been critically important but not fully recognized. We must protect groundwater from pollution and use it sustainably, balancing the needs of people and the planet. Groundwater’s vital role in water and sanitation systems, agriculture, industry, ecosystems and climate change adaptation must be reflected in sustainable development policymaking. Under the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework, particularly in the areas of innovation, governance, data and information we need to see urgent action in relation to groundwater.


Giving Back to the Community Through the Neighborhood Assistance Act

This past December Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light and Power were able to “give back to the community” by use of the State of Connecticut  Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program. Through this program Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light and Power were able to make the following contributions to local non-profit organizations:

Groton Utilities:

Bozrah Light and Power:

Riverfront Children’s Center will use the grant for installing new insulation in their childcare center building. Additionally they will be replacing an entry door and installing LED lights.

Sacred Heart School will be using the contribution to fund several energy conservation projects, including installing LED lighting in the parking lot, mini-splits for heating and cooling in the school annex, and replacing a portion of the school roof.

The Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SCADD) are planning to use the funding to upgrade the air quality systems in the Lebanon Pines location’s dormitories.

The Avery-Copp Museum are scheduled to install a heat pump mini-split system in the carriage house, which has been repurposed for archive and collection storage, office, and meeting space. They will also be replacing an inefficient propane furnace, allowing them to reduce their carbon footprint by using less fuel.

According to the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services website “The Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program is designed to provide funding for municipal and tax exempt organizations by providing a corporation business tax credit for businesses who make cash contributions to these entities.”

Through this program non-profit organizations can apply for funding through the state for assistance paying for energy conservation projects. Groton Utilities and/or Bozrah Light and Power can then help pay for specific projects from the state approved projects list via a state tax credit. An organization can receive a maximum of $150,000 in a single year through the program. The total amount for the program according to the State of Connecticut is five million dollars. Projects defined as meeting energy conservation criteria can receive up to a 100% credit. Groton Utilities/Bozrah Light and Power only support requests that are 100% funded through the tax credit.

For information on how to apply for the Neighborhood Assistance Act program check out the state website.