(Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says she has delivered testimony to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) on
behalf of 1.4 million Eversource customers.
asked the DPU in January to approve a first-year rate increase of $60 million
for NSTAR Electric (NSTAR) customers and $36 million for Western Massachusetts
Electric Company (WMECO) customers.
Healey urged the DPU to reject the request,
challenging Eversource’s need to make the rate hike.
The attorney general also challenged the
fact that Massachusetts utility companies have higher allowed profits in
state than in neighboring states.
“[T]his [case] is an important opportunity for the department
to reset the balance between company profits and customer rates,” Healey told the DPU at the hearing, according to a March 24 news release.
“When so many customers today are struggling to make ends
meet and businesses are trying to lower their energy costs to maintain and grow
jobs, it is time to return money to customers, not to raise their electric
bills to benefit highly profitable utility companies.”
the matter for the state is Rebecca Tepper, division chief of Healey’s Energy
and Telecommunications Division.