Massachusetts Electric requests standard offer increase


NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 8, 2003 — Massachusetts Electric Co. requested that the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy allow an increase in the Standard Offer power supply rate from 5.602 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 6.124 cents per kWh, an increase of 0.522 cents per kWh. The request is related to increased costs for natural gas and oil, fuels that are used to generate electricity.

If the company’s request is approved, the total monthly bill for a typical Massachusetts Electric residential Standard Offer customer using 500 kWh per month, currently $55.62, would increase to $58.23, a difference of $2.61, or 4.7 percent. The increase would be effective September 1, 2003.

Other components of customers’ bills, which include the cost to deliver electricity and provide various customer services and programs, will not change.

Massachusetts Electric does not generate its own power and does not incur a profit or loss in procuring power on behalf of its customers.

Standard Offer customers are those who have taken power supply from Massachusetts Electric since March 1998. Approximately 822,000 Massachusetts Electric customers — 68 percent — take Standard Offer service.

Massachusetts Electric offers energy conservation programs that can help customers permanently lower their electric bills. Other programs, such as equalized monthly billing and a discount rate for low-income residential customers, also are available to help customers manage their electricity costs. Customers also have the option to move off Standard Offer service and purchase their power supply from a competitive supplier.

Massachusetts Electric customers can obtain information on these programs by visiting www.masselectric.com or by calling customer service at 800-322-3223.

Massachusetts Electric serves 1.2 million customers in 168 Massachusetts communities and is an electricity distribution subsidiary of National Grid.

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