New England News
5:14 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Rising Gas Prices Boost Electricity Costs In Conn.

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Electric rates in Connecticut are rising. State regulators approved an 8 percent increase in electric generation rates for Connecticut Light and Power residential customers who do not get their electricity from competing suppliers.

The increase announced Friday boosts the average residential bill by $5.29 a month.

A spokesman says the Northeast Utilities subsidiary is passing along increased prices charged by suppliers.

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New England News
2:41 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Judge's Ruling Would Decrease New England Electric Costs

A federal judge's ruling following a complaint from the Mass. Attorney General says profits rates should decrease on transmission projects for electric companies.
Credit Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Electric customers in Massachusetts may see lower rates in the future.

A ruling by Administrative Law Judge Michael Cianci would reduce the allowed profit on New England transmission projects from more than 11 percent to 9.7 percent. The ruling is a result of a 2011 complaint from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Attorney General Martha Coakley says the ruling could save Massachusetts customers $50 million. 

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New York News
4:53 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

NY wholesale electric rates hit 12-year low

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (AP) — New York's electrical grid operator says the average price of wholesale electricity hit a 12-year low last year, thanks to a glut of cheap natural gas and market competition that drives greater efficiency.

The New York Independent System Operator, or NYISO, said Wednesday that the average annual wholesale price of electric energy in the state was $45.23 per megawatt hour. The previous record low was $48.63 in 2009.

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New York News
12:25 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Bill Flaherty - National Grid

At one point after Tropical Storm Irene moved through upstate New York one year ago, national grid reported 156,000  customers without power. For a look back, and a look at what has changed since the storm, WAMC’s Brian Shields talked today with Bill Flaherty, a regional executive with National Grid, who recalls the preparation before the storm hit.

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4:50 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Talks Vermont 'Smart Grid' Benefits

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders says "smart grid" electrical technology offers real benefits for Vermont consumers and the environment.

Sanders and some Vermont environmental leaders said at a news conference on Monday that Vermont is a national leader in developing a smarter, stronger, more efficient and reliable electrical system.

Sanders says Vermont received $69 million in federal stimulus funds to modernize its electric transmission system.

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New England News
8:07 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill on Energy Costs

The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously passed a bill that aims to curb energy costs while requiring state utilities to buy more renewable power.   WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The bill passed Thursday requires utilities to enter long-term contracts with renewable power companies for 7 percent of their energy supplies, up from 3 percent.

The companies must competitively bid for the contracts, instead of one-on-one negotiations allowed now. And a state payment to utilities that agree to the deals drops from 4 percent of the contract's annual value to 1 percent.

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