Rebates and Tax Credits Make Buying an Electric Vehicle More Affordable

With electric vehicles (EV) starting to come into their own (technology-wise) this is really the best time to purchase an electric vehicle. More than 330,000 electric vehicles were sold in the United States in 2019, compared to approximately 157,000 just three years earlier. Electric charging stations are beginning to pop up in more and more places and home chargers are reasonably affordable as well. Additionally, the range that an EV can travel on a single charge has increased over the years to the point where many models exceed 250 miles on a single charge. Tesla, in fact, has several models that they claim can travel well over 300 miles without needing a charge.

Electric vehicles are clearly the wave of the future, but that future has taken a little longer to arrive than some may have expected. That’s partly because of range limitations and a prior lack of on-the-run charging options. More importantly, the hold-up on the EV revolution may be due to the cost of purchasing an EV is often-times prohibitive. It is all well and good to be mentally ready to make the switch to an all-electric car, but when push comes to shove the (financial) bottom-line often rules the day when making a vehicle purchase. Though the cost of an electric vehicle has come more in line with their gasoline counterpart in recent years, EVs still cost more, plain and simple.

We have good news.

State, local and federal governments want you to switch over to electric vehicles. EVs are essential to achieve the U.S. Government’s renewable energy, air quality, and climate change goals. The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in the United States is from burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat, and transportation – with transportation making up the largest portion.

To help ease the burden of purchasing electric vehicles there are rebates available from the State of Connecticut, the U.S Government and from Groton Utilities. Below is a list of currently available rebates and links to appropriate websites to apply for them.

FEDERAL:

Receive up to $7,500 in federal tax credits for buying an Electric Vehicle

United States Department of Energy Federal Incentive Program

GROTON UTILITES:

For a limited time Groton Utilities will issue a $2,000 rebate for an electric vehicle purchased by Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light & Power customers. Also available is a $1,000 rebate for an electric vehicle leased by Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light & Power customers. For more information, visit the Groton Utilities Electric Vehicle Rebate Program page on our website.

Additionally Groton Utilities has a $600 rebate available on the purchase of any wifi-enabled level 2 charger. Visit our Electric Vehicle Rebate Program page on our website for more information.

STATE:

Receive up to a $5,000 rebate from the State of Connecticut for residents who purchase or lease a new eligible battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric or fuel cell electric vehicle.

CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection – EV Connecticut

 

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Fairview’s Art of Chocolate!

Groton Utilities has been the primary sponsor of the Fairview Art of Chocolate Fundraiser event for several years. Fairview’s Art of Chocolate has been a fan favorite fundraiser since 2015 with over 500 people in attendance each year! While 2021’s event will look much different than years past, Fairview still wanted to find a way to bring chocolate to you…so we came up with the idea of chocolate tasting boxes that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home.

Each tasting box will include samples for either one or two people, along with a tasting guide to tell you what each item is and where it is from. What better way to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit than with a box of delicious chocolate creations from local vendors?

New this year: Purchase an Art of Chocolate tasting box for a Healthcare Hero at Fairview! Our dedicated staff has worked incredibly hard throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to do so every day. Help us show our team how loved and appreciated they are by purchasing tasting boxes that will be donated to Fairview staff members.

This year the following restaurants will be participating:

Black Dahlia Baking Company • Bleu Squid Breakfast Cafe & Never Enough Bake Shop

Fairview • Gourmet Galley Catering • Hauser Chocolatier • Karma Kitchen

Octagon at Mystic Marriott • Pop on the Block • Rise Nutrition

To purchase a tasting box click here

 

Bozrah Light & Power Rate Schedule Public Hearing – January 20th, 6:30pm

Bozrah Light and Power are happy to announce that we have approved a new electric rate plan that will keep consumer electric bills roughly the same over the next three years.

On Wednesday December 16th the Bozrah Light & Power’s (BL&P) Utility Commission agreed to move forward with an updated three (3) year rate track for all BL&P rate payers. A public hearing will be held on Wednesday January 20th via Zoom. During that time BL&P looks forward to hearing from any and all interested parties – written communications will be accepted as well.

The Bozrah Utilities Commission Public Hearing starts at 6:30 pm
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/97732686075?pwd=VW5XcVVraitaMkpOU3JsRVJqbExoZz09

Meeting ID: 977 3268 6075
Passcode: 031046

The 3-year rate track provides for virtually flat adjustments to nearly all customer’s electric bills. The residential rate classification will stay flat at a 0.1%, 0.0% and 0.0% rate adjustments respectively. The general commercial rate class will see small increases at 0.3%, 0.2% and 0.2% respectively. More energy intensive commercial/industrial customers within the large general service class will see the largest reductions at -0.9%, -0.5% and -0.5% respectively.

Bozrah Light and Power is proud to offer another three years of price stability. Although distribution costs continue to rise, BL&P has been able to hold rate increases to a minimum through reductions in wholesale energy markets and sound fiscal policy. BL&P is confident that the three year rate track will maintain and improve the fiscal health of the company allowing us to better serve the community and rate payers. We believe this updated rate track compliments our mission to be a premiere utility – at your service!

Non-Groton Utilities Customers Banking Transaction Issue

Groton Utilities has become aware of a problem with some non-Groton Utilities customers having what appears to be a deposit to Groton Utilities listed among their banking transactions. This appears to be a problem with mortgage payments made to TIAA (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America) being erroneously listed as being made to Groton Utilities. It appears that the payments are still being successfully made to TIAA, as no unexpected payments have arrived at Groton Utilities.

We recommend that if this payment anomaly has occurred with your account to please contact TIAA at 866-282-4380 while also checking your on-line account with TIAA. We at Groton Utilities will continue to pursue a solution to this issue as well.

https://www.tiaa.org/public/

GU Electric Rate Plan Zoom Meeting – Monday, January 4th 6:30 PM

Groton Utilities is happy to announce that we have approved a new electric rate plan that will reduce electric bills for most GU customers in the coming year. Groton Utilities will maintain having one of the lowest rates in the state.

On Wednesday December 16th the Groton Utilities’ Commission agreed to move forward with an updated three (3) year rate track for all Groton Utilities (GU) rate payers. A public hearing will be held on tonight via Zoom. During that time GU looks forward to hearing from any and all interested parties.

Zoom Meeting Information:

January 4, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/93463797902?pwd=dVZlemRyOEVmN2ZRNkhSSE40a0xlZz09

The 3-year rate track provides for reductions to virtually all customer’s electric bills. The residential rate classification will see a -0.6%, -0.2% and 0.0% rate reductions respectively. The small commercial rate class will see -0.3% followed by 0.0% rate adjustments while the medium commercial class will see modest changes at 0.8%, -1.2% and -0.1% respectively. More energy intensive commercial/industrial customers within the large general service class will see the largest reductions at -3.2% followed by two years at 0.0%.

Groton Utilities is proud to offer another three years of price stability. Although distribution costs continue to rise, GU has been able to hold rates steady for nearly a decade through reductions in wholesale energy markets and sound fiscal policy. We believe this updated rate track compliments our mission to be a premiere utility – at your service!

 

Christmas Day Storm Bears Down on Connecticut – Be Prepared

A major rainstorm with high wind gusts will bear down on Connecticut overnight, leading to the distinct possibility of power outages on Christmas morning. None of this is anything we want to hear the day before Christmas, but it is what it is – and the smart thing to do at this point is to be prepared.

Groton Utilities crews will be at the ready and will do their very best to restore power as soon as possible while keeping our employees safe.

To report an outage call Groton Utilities at 860-446-4000. Stay away from any downed wires you may encounter outside your home and on the roads.

Here are a few wind storm 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.
  • Consider taking down inflatable holiday decorations so that they don’t end up damaged or down the street.
  • Secure outdoor recreational equipment such as trampolines and double-check your pool cover.
  • Consider alternate methods of cooking your holiday meal 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.
  • Exposed water pipes sometimes freeze and burst due to exposure to cold weather. With high winds pipes with outside wall exposure are at risk. Make sure these pipes are insulated. Also make sure you know where the water shut off is in your home.
  • 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.