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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A water company buying up smaller systems to consolidate service in Connecticut is seeking a nearly 17 percent rate increase.

Aquarion Water Co. of Connecticut said Wednesday.an increase would generate about $27 million in revenue and cost the average customer about $7 a month.

Aquarion serves 625,000 customers in 47 cities and towns in Connecticut. It says it has spent more than $143 million to improve its delivery and other systems.

Workers at Connecticut's largest utility may inch closer to a strike when they vote today and Friday on a contract offer that the union's leadership has recommended be rejected.

Union negotiators say workers and Connecticut Light & Power are still far apart on staffing and overtime issues.

If workers reject the proposed four-year contract, they will automatically authorize a strike. A work stoppage is by no means certain.

Massachusetts utility NStar is proposing lowering natural gas rates to their lowest level in a decade. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

NStar Gas announced Tuesday that it has submitted a new supply rate proposal that if approved by state regulators would lower the average heating customer's bill by more than $15 a month compared to last year.

The proposed new rate would bill customers 57.32 cents per therm, down 18 percent from last year's price of about 70 cents.

MA Senate to Resume Work on Energy Cost Bill

Apr 2, 2012

The Massachusetts Senate is planning to renew work on a wide-ranging bill aimed at controlling energy costs in the state while also promoting the growth of renewable power sources.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Senators considered about 30 amendments to the bill last week before putting off further debate until Thursday.