Connect with us


Massachusetts National Grid looking to increase rates this year, seeks approval to make annual adjustments



BOSTON, MA – The cost of electricity could be increasing this year in Massachusetts.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company (“Company” or “National Grid”) filed a base distribution rate case petition to adjust its rates.

DPUM stated that a regulated utility may recover reasonable and prudent, known and measurable costs incurred to provide safe and reliable service and have the opportunity to earn a fair and reasonable rate of return on prudently invested capital.

The Department suspended National Grid’s proposed distribution rates for 10 months until October 1, 2024, as they review the proposal.

The Department’s staff reviews written testimony and supporting detailed cost data, cross-examines witnesses in evidentiary hearings, and reviews public comments.

The Department will then issue a Final Order on the petition prior to October 1, 2024.

The Department’s Final Order affects the public because it determines the distribution rates that utility customers pay. Public participation in a rate case is important because those comments become part of the record and are considered by the Department’s Commissioners to make a decision in the rate case. You may find more information on how to file comments with the Department here.

National Grid has filed a petition with the Department to increase its electric base distribution rates to generate $131,232,856 in additional base distribution revenues. The Company proposes additional transfers, which result in a proposed overall increase to distribution revenues of $131,622,621, which the Company states represents a 12.7 percent increase effective October 1, 2024.

According to National Grid, “the proposal also seeks approval to make additional annual adjustments each year effective October 1 over the term of the five-year rate plan to increase rates to recover needed incremental investments to support core reliability as well as advance investments to support the clean energy transition. If approved by the DPU, a typical residential customer receiving basic service using 600 kWh per month would experience an increase of $7.86, or 3.7%, per month starting October 1, 2024, with further increases averaging 1.8% per year for the remaining four years of the rate plan term (an average increase of 2.2% per year over the five years).”

The Company’s proposed rate increase is in addition to changes to other rates, such as supply rates and reconciling mechanisms, that occur during the year, which may impact the actual costs customers experience.



  1. Susan A Jeffers

    May 6, 2024 at 10:09 am

    85 yrs old worked 50 +yrs living on ssa. Paying nearly over 1/2 to natl grid. Small all electric home. Heating first floor only. consumers should not be responsible for companies expenses.Find out how municipalities can provide cheaper rates. Not an R2 customer. Full paying consumer R1.Research before u finalize

  2. Christopher R kilgar

    May 7, 2024 at 12:42 pm

    My electric bill has doubled sense covid distrbution charges and other fees also rise .you use to recieve a bill saying how much u used and pay that bill .know its itemized with fees for green energy distrubution charges .you dont buy groceries and cashier goes by the way .we have a y
    Trucking fee and a fuel fee so know u owe this on top of tour groceries. Only utility and insurance co.I CANT GO TO MY BOSS AND SAY I NEED A RAISE IT COST MORE TO GET TO WORK .THEY WOULD JUST LAUGH
    how mUch proFit did they make never here them go we lost money JUST SAY WE ONLY MAFE 100 MILLION WE NEED MORE

  3. Daniel Duff

    May 7, 2024 at 5:46 pm

    National grid should have their rates decreased by at least 15% because the bills are so high and so ridiculous now that it’s either pay the bill or don’t buy any food because you can’t afford both and you’re looking for even more money this is ridiculous it needs to be cut and that’s all

  4. Christopher Brierly

    May 8, 2024 at 6:58 am

    Another option for homeowners is to look at going Solar with Isaksen Solar. Please contact me directly at or 508-493-7427.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Copyright © 2017 Fall River Reporter

Translate »