(a) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall order and direct the electric distribution companies providing electric distribution services in this state to extend lines in their chartered territory to all unserved areas having a density of subscribers for electric distribution service averaging at least two per mile on such proposed new lines, in accordance with the provisions of this section.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 16-261
- Authority: means the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and "department" means the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Electric distribution services: means the owning, leasing, maintaining, operating, managing or controlling of poles, wires, conduits or other fixtures along public highways or streets for the distribution of electricity, or electric distribution-related services. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- month: means a calendar month, and the word "year" means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
(b) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority is directed, in considering the rates of electric distribution companies or in the proceedings having to do with such rates, to consider the expenses and revenues of each company as a whole, in arriving at a fair return on the fair value of such properties. In prescribing a rate for service on such new lines, the authority shall exercise its statutory powers, except that the guarantee required shall not exceed thirteen dollars and fifty cents per mile per month.
(c) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority is directed to advance the objects of this section in every lawful manner.
(d) Nothing in this section shall authorize the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to order and direct electric distribution companies to extend their lines in their chartered territory over or under any body of water or elsewhere than along public highways unless said authority, exercising its powers under section 16-20, finds such extension to be economically justifiable.