Prepared by Elia Marnik for LCI Issues Team
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On 1/17/17, NSTAR Electric Company and Western Massachusetts Electric, each doing business as Eversource Energy, filed a petition with DPU seeking approval of increases in base distribution rates for electric service and a performance based ratemaking mechanism pursuant to General Laws, c.164, section 94. and 220 C.M.R. section 5.00.
NSTAR Electric seeks to increase its rates to generate $60.2 million in additional revenues approx. 7% increase over current total operating revenues. Western Massachusetts Electric seeks to increase its rates to generate $35.7 million in additional revenues, an approx. 27% increase over current operating revenues. The DPU has docketed the petition as 17-05.
The Companies request that any new rates approved in this proceeding be implemented in 2 phases, the first to take effect on 1/1/18 and the second on 1/1/19.
If approved, Companies estimate that average customers may see an increase of about $8.50 or 7%, a month beginning in January, 1918. Increases will vary depending on customer location, rate and amount of electricity uses.
The DPU held public meetings throughout the Commonwealth in March and April. Testimony at public hearings and/or written comments may be filed by close of business (5:00pm) on May 31, 2017. **See DPU website for specifics on filing comments.
A decision on the rate review will be issued in the fall of 2017.
Any person desiring further information regarding the Companies’ petition should contact the Companies’ counsel, Cheryl M. Kimball, Esq. at (617)951-1400.
Any person desiring further information regarding the Attorney General’s testimony and notice of retention of experts and consultants should contact Joseph W. Rogers, Assistant Attorney General, at (617) 727-2200.
Anyone desiring further information regarding this notice should contact Marc Tassone, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities, at (617) 305-3500
MA Attorney General, Maura Healey provided testimony, in partial opposition to the Companies’ position, to the DPU 17-05 on March 23, 2017. Copies are available.