January 13, 2023

State Sen. Jeff Gordon (R-Woodstock) released the following statement in reaction to comments from Gov. Ned Lamont and state officials highlighting existing state energy policies while consumer electric rates rise.


“Families in Northeast Connecticut have been worried about rising electric costs for the past year. With the rate hike now in effect, families are not only worried about keeping their homes running, but also about how they’ll do this through the winter.


“That we have seen a continual increase in Connecticut’s energy rates over the past decade is telling. This is not an acute condition of the pandemic’s fallout or world events. It is a systemic condition and must be treated accordingly. The state’s energy policy is at the core of this problem. I’ll be joining my Senate Republican colleagues to share our proposed treatment to this long-term illness in state government. I hope that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle join us to make a change for the better, and do right by Connecticut families, said Sen. Gordon.


Sen. Gordon added that short-term measures for relief must also be addressed. He said, “The winter has only begun with an under-funded state Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Tolland and Windham counties often have some of the harshest winters because of our elevation. Families in need should get the maximum relief available. I’m asking all lawmakers to join our caucus to get this program funded appropriately.”