Coakley concerned with new Conn. tax

Jessica M. Karmasek May 12, 2011, 9:33am


BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massaschusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says she fears a new energy tax in Connecticut could mean higher rates throughout the entire New England region.

According to the Boston Herald, the tax would be on electricity produced by Connecticut generators.

Coakley fears that, in turn, the generators may try to recoup the cost of the tax by increasing their rates across-the-board.

The attorney general reportedly sent a letter on Wednesday to Gordon van Welie, head of Independent System Operators New England, about the tax. Independent System Operators New England operates the bulk power grid for Massaschusetts and the region.

A spokeswoman for Connecticut Gov. Daniel P. Malloy told the Herald she didn't believe the tax would affect other states but that the governor would be willing to talk to Coakley about her concerns.

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