Eversource rate hike delayed

Recorder Staff
Published: 12/14/2017 8:28:03 PM

Eversource customers may get a slight reprieve in a proposed rate case, with the company seeking a one-month delay from the original Jan. 1 implementation date.

The utility filed a request Dec. 8 with the state Department of Public Utilities, which has been planning to make a ruling on Dec. 29 on a proposed rate increase allocation that Eversource had wanted to become effective at the beginning of the year.

“That doesn’t give us a lot of time to do what is very complicated and complex work so we can accurately bill our customers under this new rate,” Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said. The company’s filing, which was endorsed by Attorney General Maura Healey’s office on Monday, would delay the implementation date for the increase until Feb. 1. Eversource plans to voluntarily forgo so customers would see the hike reflected in their February bills.

If approved by the DPU, Eversource estimate a $7.75 dollar increase on the total bill for our average customer who uses 550 kilowatt hours. The company’s initial filing would have resulted in an increase of about $11.

The DPU, which still needs to approve of the delay as well as the rate design itself, called on Nov. 30 for a $43.8 million reduction in Eversource’s rate increase.

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