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Discover Connecticut Alternative Power Solutions

Thanks to Connecticut's deregulation law being passed in 1998, residential and commercial consumers in Connecticut have the option of selecting an electricity supply plan offered by an alternative supplier. They are not required to sign up with one of these companies, and can instead opt to stay on board with standard generation service provided by the two Connecticut electric utilities, Eversource (formerly Connecticut Light & Power) and the United Illuminating Company (UI).

Switching to one of the alternative Connecticut energy companies operating in your area is as easy as doing some research to compare available electricity rates, such as on SaveOnEnergy.com®, and selecting a supply plan. The supplier will coordinate with your local utility to switch your service without any disruption of electricity flow. You will see two parts to your monthly bill – the generation part for your supply and a delivery part for your utility.

Are there Connecticut alternative power options for your home or business?

In an effort to produce more renewable energy, the state's Renewable Portfolio Standards says 27 percent of the electricity generated in Connecticut should come from renewable resources by 2020.

As of 2013, the state utilizes renewables for less than 5 percent of its net electricity generation, but future plans to implement onshore and offshore wind turbines as well as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on residences and businesses will encourage a considerable increase in renewable energy production. Large-scale wind generation projects, however, are difficult to sustain because the state's wind resources are lacking except in a few spots along the Long Island Sound.

Connecticut solar power efforts are increasing and consumers now have a better sense of what they can expect from investing in household and commercial solar panels, thanks to retail utilities offering net metering and time-of-use pricing.

Connecticut solar power harnesses the sun to fuel homes and businesses, and residents and business owners who invest in Connecticut solar power in areas where it is viable may see long-term benefits on their monthly energy expenditures. Although the upfront costs for installing residential Connecticut solar power can be high, investors tend to break even after a few years, and any electricity that is generated and not used by the owner is pushed into the local grid. Alternatively, some Connecticut solar energy companies offer agreements that allow customers to get started with solar power for no money upfront.

Prior to installing a solar PV system on your rooftop, Connecticut solar companies and Connecticut utilities recommend scheduling an energy efficiency assessment with an independent contractor or the Home Energy Solutions program to make your home or business as efficient as possible. This will help Connecticut solar companies determine your building's potential to generate a worthwhile amount of Connecticut solar power.

Contact Connecticut utilities in a power outage

If you choose to sign up for a new energy supply plan from one of the alternative Connecticut energy companies available in your city or town, it's important to remember who you should reach out to if you experience an issue with your service.

While you can contact your supplier about a question on your usage, if you call the supplier about a power outage, it will direct you to whichever of the Connecticut utilities maintains the power grid in your neighborhood. To speed up the process, below are phone numbers for the Connecticut electric utilities.

Eversource (formerly Connecticut Light & Power)

  • Customer service for homes: 860-947-2000 or 800-286-2000
  • Customer service for businesses: 888-783-6617
  • Emergency outage support: 860-947-2000

United Illuminating Company

  • Customer service and emergency outage support: 800-722-5584

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