Closed-door meeting held on electricity rates

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – If you think your electric bills are expensive now, get ready. The US Energy Information Administration points out that electric bills are the highest in the summer.

The House Post Audit and Oversight Committee held a closed-door meeting to address electric rates on Thursday. The committee is looking into last winter’s expensive energy bills. 22News was not allowed in to the “executive session,” but did spot Public Utilities Commissioner Jolette Westbrook in the office lobby.

Someone who attended the meeting told 22News it was an informational session for lawmakers about how electric rates are calculated. Springfield State Representative Jose Tosado, who was not a part of the meeting, believes the process should be more transparent.

“Speaking as a homeowner whose house is 100 percent electric, it doesn’t feel very well,” he told 22News, “and we’re going to fight, we’re going to advocate for more transparency.”

Committee Chairman State Representative David Linsky told 22News these private meetings are allowed under rules state lawmakers have put in place.

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