To the Editor:
Eversource filed a rate case with the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) on January 17th of this year which is going to increase everyone’s electric bills starting in January on the distribution side of the electric bill. This is the first fully litigated rate case since the 80’s.
Eversource then filed revisions to their proposal on June 1st which is proposing to shift $30 million in costs from Western MA electric customers to Eastern MA residential customers (which includes the Cape and Vineyard). The proposal also includes shifting costs from Eastern MA commercial customers to Eastern MA residential customers. Cape Light Compact believes that costs that are borne by those customers should be paid for by those customers and not subsidized by other customers.
As a result of the substantial revisions in the June 1 filing, the DPU has reopened the public comment period through August 31, and will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday August 2 at 7pm at Cape Cod Community College – Tilden Arts Center. This is the only public hearing that is being held in our territory.
We are encouraging electric ratepayers to submit written comments either by mail or email to the DPU opposing this shift in costs. To submit via email they may send it to: [email protected] and [email protected]. To submit via US mail, please visit our website to see filing instructions outlined in the Notice.
Now is the time for ratepayers to voice their concerns regarding this proposal.
For more information and for the notice of filing you may visit our website www.capelightcompact.org/ratecase.
Communications & Energy Efficiency Analyst
Cape Light Compact JPE