Paying more for electricity in 2015

Many of us are paying more for electricity in 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- Western Massachusetts Electric Company raised it’s supply rate from nearly 9 cents per kilowatt hour to about 14 cents per kilowatt hour.

The change in WMECO’s basic service supply rate raises the average customers bill by about $26, that’s about a 29 percent increase.

WMECO’s rate increase followed a 37% rate increase by National Grid. Both attribute the increases to the demand for natural gas amid constraints on existing pipelines that bring natural gas to the region, and when electricity suppliers have to turn to alternatives, they say it costs more, and that gets passed down to the consumer.

By law WMECO doesn’t make a penny off of the sale of electricity. We’re the folks that deliver the electricity. We’re the folks that keep the lights on.

Every six months WMECO takes bids from electricity suppliers. They take the lowest bid to the state for approval for the basic service rate to customers

John Herr told 22News, “I admit that it costs money to do stuff but they got to think of better ways to do things and realize that people just can’t afford to keep $26 raises every time they want it.”

Historically the rates go down during the summer months. But as of now WMECO says it’s too early to determine what you’ll pay in July.

22News is working for you with ways to save some cash on your electric bill this winter.

  • Close the blinds to your windows because it is a way to seal in the heat.
  • Check your house for any drafts that could come through.
  • Unplug any appliances you’re not using.
  • And you can either get a professional home energy audit, or do it yourself.

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