Energy debate heats up at Capitol as coalition asks for rate reduction

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The battle over electric rates escalated at the Capitol on Thursday as a coalition of business and consumer groups asked the state's utilities to immediately reduce their rates by 10 percent.

The group, led by about a half-dozen large energy users, wants rates reduced while there is an effort to bring them down to competitive levels in the long term. The high rates, among other things, have been blamed on compliance with environmental regulations.

"This will allow us to have some small amount of relief — certainly nowhere close to our neighbors — while we go forward and study solutions . . .


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