Many Massachusetts households are going to see their electric bills shoot up 37 percent this winter, a rate increase that some advocates fear will put additional strain on low-income families.
State regulators approved the increase for National Grid household customers that would mean an average of $33 per month more for the typical residential customer and would push a typical monthly bill higher than $150.
Large-business customers will see even higher increases.National Grid has almost 1.3 million residential and business electric customers in Massachusetts. The new rates take effect in November.
"This is pretty bad, and it's going to really have a bearing on a lot of Massachusetts households' abilities to just make ends meet this winter," John Howat, senior energy analyst at the National Consumer Law Center in Boston, told The Boston Globe.
The utility blame the rate hikes on the cost of buying electricity from power plants, which has soared because of an increased demand for natural gas used to generate electricity.
Why is there an increase in natural gas prices?
Because the political correctness known as global warming means that we can't use coal to generate electricity.
Let me ask a question
Who gets hurt more from increased utility costs in Massachusetts?
1) Single Moms
2) John Kerry
3) Ben Affleck
4) David Ortiz
5) Tom Brady