BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General
Maura Healey has announced New Hampshire Transmission (NHT) has agreed to a
$6.8 million settlement after allegations of improperly including millions of
dollars of development costs in its transmission rates.
Healey’s office first filed a complaint with the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in April 2015. The complaint argued New England consumers should not have to pay for the development of NHT’s
proposed SeaLink transmission project. The project was never selected to be
built, yet NHT collected $9.9 million in expenses from ratepayers for it.
“As the state’s ratepayer advocate, it is my job to ensure
that the millions of dollars improperly charged to ratepayers gets returned to
them,” Healey said. “We need to keep working with consumer advocates and our
state, local and federal partners so that costs for electricity transmission
are fair, reasonable and transparent.”
In the settlement, NHT will refund $6.5 million to
consumers. $3.2 million of that will go to ratepayers in Massachusetts. The
other New England states will receive the remaining 53 percent of the balance.
Assistant attorneys general Christina Belew and Donald
Boecke handled the case with help from analyst Fred Plett. All are employees of
Healey’s energy and telecommunications department.