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Connecticut’s last coal-burning power plant is officially offline after years of partial service.

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Energy company Equinor has proposed running an offshore power cable from wind turbines through waters off of Montauk.

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The push to switch from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy will mean a lot more demand for battery storage. It's just part of massive efforts to modernize the electric grid in New England and the nation to meet the challenge of climate change.

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Connecticut’s utility regulators would like their agency to once again be independent. The agency used to be known as the Department of Public Utility Control, until four years ago. That's when Governor Dannel Malloy changed the name to Public Utility Regulatory Authority, or PURA, and placed it under the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Malloy said he did that in an effort to make government more efficient.

Most electricity consumers in Connecticut are getting a rate increase on Jan. 1. That’s because state regulators approved higher rates for Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating today.

The reason for the increase is because the cost of getting natural gas to electricity power plants has been rising due to limited pipeline capacity, said Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the Public Utility Regulatory Authority.

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