January 26th, 2014
By Whit Richardson, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 22, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 22, 2014, at 5:58 p.m.
“HALLOWELL, Maine — Residential customers of Central Maine Power Co. and Emera Maine, formerly known as Bangor Hydro Electric, should expect to see an increase in their electricity bill come March.
The new standard offer price for Emera Maine’s residential and small business customers will be nearly 7.6 cents per kilowatt-hour, a nearly 13.2 percent increase from the last year’s standard offer price of 6.7 cents per kilowatt-hour, according to the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Those rates affect only customers in the former Bangor Hydro territory.
CMP’s residential and small business customers will have a new standard offer rate of 7.6 cents per kilowatt-hour, a 10.8 percent increase from last year’s standard offer price of 6.8 cents per kilowatt-hour. Read more »
December 11th, 2013
By BRIAN IANIERI Staff Writer
South Jersey Gas is seeking to raise base rates by $62 million, a request for infrastructure and operating funds that, if approved, would increase the average monthly residential bill by $18.43.
The natural gas utility, a subsidiary of Folsom-based South Jersey Industries, petitioned the state Board of Public Utilities to raise rates about 14 percent. Read more »
December 11th, 2013
By Associated Press
Posted Dec. 10, 2013 @ 7:45 pm
SPRINGFIELD — Utility regulators say Ameren Illinois needs to lower its electricity delivery rate in 2014.
The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports the Illinois Commerce Commission says the utility needs to cut its delivery rate by $45 million.
The decision was announced Monday during an annual review and is set to take effect starting Jan. 1.
Ameren officials say they’re still reviewing the ruling. Read more »
November 14th, 2013
“By Peter Hirschfeld
Vermont Press Bureau
MONTPELIER — The chairman of the House’s top energy committee says it might be time to bring competition back to Vermont’s electricity market.
Rep. Tony Klein, an East Montpelier Democrat, said Tuesday he’ll entertain a proposal to partly deregulate the state’s utility market and allow Vermont’s largest consumers of electricity to negotiate power contracts with sellers outside their designated service territories.
The proposal comes as manufacturing giants like Omya in Proctor and Weidmann Electrical Technology in St. Johnsbury decry a cost of power they blame in part on lack of competition. Read more »
July 10th, 2013
By Timothy Sandoval Times Staff Writer
“Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. customers in Carroll County expressed mixed reactions to an increase in their monthly electricity bill that they will be seeing this month.
BGE will charge the company’s average residential customers an additional roughly $6 per month for electricity. There are roughly 56,500 BGE customers in Carroll County.
The increase, which went into effect June 1, was necessary because the price of the energy supply the company purchased increased, said Debbie Larsson, a BGE spokeswoman. Read more »