MA National Grid proposes 20% electricity rate increase for winter

By Kirsten Glavin

kglavin@abc6.com

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ATTLEBORO, MA – "People are in trouble,” said Captain Laurie Greenfield, an officer at the Salvation Army in Attleboro, after learning of a proposed 20% rate increase for National Grid electricity in Massachusetts. 

The charge is 13.1 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity.   "It’s unreachable,” added Captain Greenfield.  “I just know that people are going to be overwhelmed."

Although it’s detrimental spike for some, it is still a decrease from last year.  From summer to winter of 2014, the price increase was 49%.

Last year, the Salvation Army saw more than 1,200 people ask for help to pay their electric bills. Of those, they were only able to assist 25 families.  The organization said people are still trying to pay off those bills from last year’s cold winter.

"I think it’s outrageous especially with people that are on a fixed income,” said Christine Leach, a resident in North Attleboro who frequents the Salvation Army.

National grid said they are sympathetic to the issue.  In a statement, said, "National Grid remains concerned on behalf of our customers that these prices, which are set by the market, have been volatile and unpredictable over the last several winters. (…) National Grid continues to advocate for a balanced portfolio of energy resources, including large–scale renewables, increased natural gas capacity and enhanced energy efficiency programs…"

(C) WLNE-TV 2015