August 18, 2008
Donald W. Downes, Chairman
Department of Public Utility Control
Ten Franklin Square
New Britain, CT 06051
Re: 08-07-10 (CBD) SCG Overearnings Rescheduled Hearing (HR 1)
Dear Chairman Downes:
We are writing to you today regarding the proposed rate increase for Southern Connecticut Gas Co (SCG).
We ask that you do not approve such a measure at this time. As members of the legislative body of the City of New Haven, we have the opportunity to hear from people from all walks of life and economic situations.
The overwhelming message we are receiving is that people do not know how they are going to pay their heating bills this coming year. Further, for SCG to get a rate increase at this point in time, when there are numerous numbers of families in Greater New Haven facing losing their homes through foreclosure or personal bankruptcy, would push people out of their homes much sooner and create serious problems for communities. We also are aware of many people who could face making the unthinkable choice of heating their homes or putting food on their table.
In addition, we represent numerous business owners and managers in New Haven. They report to us of the prohibitive costs of doing business in the region. Utilities are a constant item at the top of their list of these prohibitive costs. In order for the city, region and state to maintain and hopefully grow in the coming years we need to be competitive in all aspects of the cost spectrum.
Please consider all of the above when making your decision and trust that you will reject any increase at this time.