WMECo proposes 8% hike for residential customers
Western Massachusetts Electric Co., which refers to itself as WMECo, said it is asking the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities to allow it to increase its electric distribution rates, starting Feb. 1.
If approved as filed, typical residential customers would see increases in their monthly bills of about $7.50. On average, residents are now paying about $94 a month, a company spokeswoman said. Business customers, meanwhile, would generally see bill increases ranging from 1 percent to 6 percent, WMECo said in a press release.
Springfield-based WMECo, part of the Northeast Utilities System, serves about 200,00 customers in 59 communities in the western part of the state.
The increase is needed, WMECo said, because it needs to invest in its infrastructure.
The utility said, "The WMECo request seeks a $28 million adjustment to revenues and other changes that will enable the company to continue making needed investments in the electric system to preserve the high levels of reliability customers expect and deserve."