National Grid, a major electricity provider for Massachusetts, is looking to raise residential customers’ bills by about $8 a month. This would be the first rate hike by National Grid in Massachusetts since 2009.  National Grid says this rate increase is necessary to counteract increased expenses such as employee wages and repairing and replacing transformers.

“Our current delivery rates no longer cover the costs of service,” said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts in an interview with the Worcester Telegram.

Instead of effecting supplier charges, these rate increases are set to effect both deliver and customer charges. For a residential customer that uses about 500 kilowatt hours of electricity per month, this change would increase that delivery charge by 7 percent per month. As for the customer charge, this $4 fee would raise to $5.50 for all residential customers.

If these rate increases are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, customers can expect to see their bills increase starting October 1, 2016.

Source: Worcester Telegram