Shaun Zinck Jul. 7, 2015, 12:57pm


BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts and Rhode Island, along with other energy advocates from New England states, sent a letter to the major energy supplier asking for more transparency when it comes to energy transmission rates, said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on June 30.

Healey and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin sent the letter to ISO-New England and New England electric transmission owners urging for a more transparent process that would allow consumers and stakeholders the opportunity to challenge, question and review the rates.

A revised protocol should also allow parties a meaningful opportunity to question the transmission owners and ISO New England regarding the proposed formula rates and provide a well-defined process to challenge implementation of proposed Regional Network Service and Local Network Service rates, Healey said in the letter.

ISO-New England serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Healey said Massachusetts customers pay about 46 percent of the $2 billion per year paid into the Regional Network Service.

A couple of weeks ago, Healey's office went before a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Administrative Law judge to present evidence that investors are earning too much in profits from power transmission lines by charging excess rates to consumers using the services.

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