Groton Utilities PPA Adjustment Beginning January 1st

At the beginning of November we communicated to all customers the need to make adjustments to the PPA portion of your electric bill beginning January 1st. Groton Utilities is very sensitive to any pricing adjustments but unfortunately the sustained nature of high energy costs will cause Groton Utilities to pass some of these additional costs through to our customers. Beginning January 1, 2023, customers will see an increase in the Purchased Power Adjustment (PPA) portion of their electric bill of $0.01602 kWh.

We are communicating this information once again to ensure that all customers are aware of this pending change in your electric bills so that you can plan accordingly.

All customers will need to prepare for higher-than-normal bills this winter. An average residential customer using 700 kWh of electricity per month could see an additional 9% on their bill, or approximately $11.21. With that said, we at Groton Utilities are extremely proud that we still have amongst the lowest rates in the state of Connecticut, as has been our priority.

Electricity costs have risen throughout the country due to several factors, including rising natural gas prices. New England is especially susceptible to natural gas pricing volatility due to inadequate infrastructure to supply natural gas to the region. The region relies heavily on natural gas to fuel over 50% of its electric energy requirements. Locally, our power supply costs increased 23% in fiscal year 2022 and are projected to increase by another 23% in 2023.

The Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC), a state chartered non-profit joint action agency, and Groton Utilities, who buy power from CMEEC at wholesale, are keenly aware of the financial hardship utility customer’s face from the increased price of heating fuel and electricity. While no one has been shielded from the external factors driving the price increases, there are steps CMEEC and Groton Utilities have taken to minimize the impact to our ratepayers.

For its part, CMEEC procures power for Groton Utilities based on a carefully managed and layered purchasing approach whereby CMEEC procures power for the long, short and medium term. This approach can protect customers from large price swings that can occur when power is procured all at once or based on a rigid schedule.

Further stabilization of prices can occur with the use of the Groton Utilities rate stabilization funds. These funds are used by the Member Municipal Electric Utilities to mitigate the impact of short-term price spikes in the wholesale energy market. When wholesale energy prices decline, the rate stabilization funds are replenished and can be used to mitigate the next significant increase in electric rates, or for other utility purposes. As of now and for the upcoming winter, the recent retail rate increases of our Member Municipal Electric Utilities have ranged from 8% to 20%.

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 HVAC Mini-Splits, Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heaters and Smart Thermostats. Visit our Residential Energy Conservation Center and learn about all our current offerings.

Additionally Groton Utilities encourages customers to seek energy bill assistance through programs such as the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), TVCCA Energy Assistance, United Way Project Warm-Up and the Town of Groton Human Services Groton Utilities Energy Assistance Program.


Prepare for potential power outages during Thursday storm

Bucket TruckAs you are likely aware there is a significant storm preparing to hit the eastern Connecticut region beginning this afternoon. Winds will pick up as we enter the evening, with gusts expected to between 40 and 60 mph – strong enough to knock down trees and limbs and potentially cause power outages. Please prepare for this evening as if you will lose power and follow the storm preparation tips below.

Groton Utilities will be at the ready, with electric crews on-site ready to make any necessary repairs once winds have reached a safe level. Our electric linemen are spending the day today making preparations to all vehicles and equipment. Tree cutting crews will be ready for whatever issues may arise.

If you experience a power outage call 860-446-4000 to report the outage, and check the GU Facebook page and Groton Utilities website for outage updates in your area.

Here are a few windstorm preparation tips:

  • Be certain to have backup power options if you need powered medical devices.
  • Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency.
  • Stock up on batteries and have flashlights and candles on hand.
  • Charge your mobile devices and power banks.
  • Secure outdoor recreational equipment such as trampolines and double-check your pool cover.
  • Consider alternate methods of cooking your meals in case there is a power outage in your area. Cooking your meal ahead of time and storing in the refrigerator is an option.
  • Fill your propane tank for your gas grill. Never use your gas grill indoors.
  • If you have generator check to see if you have sufficient fuel.
  • Bring outside patio and lawn furniture, potted plants and any other loose outdoor items indoors. Close and secure all awnings and tie down any other loose items.
  • Never use a generator inside your home. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Keep at least 20 feet from doors, windows, and vents.
  • Clear your gutters and storm drains.

What to do during an outage:

  • If your power suddenly shuts off, the main breaker in your electrical breaker box may have tripped. You can restore power simply by moving the switch to “off,” then back to the “on” position. Check your fuses, too, if you have them.
  • If your area is without power, or you see any downed wires, call Groton Utilities at (860) 446-4000. Call us if you see damage to electrical equipment, or anything out of the ordinary such as trees or branches on wires. Do not go near any wires. Downed wires can be very dangerous.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezers closed. Contents should be safe for at least 24 hours. Turn off your appliances. When power is restored, turn them back on gradually.
  • Don’t worry. We respond to outages as soon as it is safe and continue to work until all customers have power. Once you’ve called, please resist the temptation to call back. However, if your neighbors have their electricity back and you’re still out, you should call again.

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