» In shift, Eversource backs W. Mass. rate relief: Utility calls last-minute changes in $96m proposal response to public feedback
by Bruce Mohl, Commonwealth Magazine
May 31, 2017
COMMENT PERIOD ENDED
– REVIEW OF ISSUES –
If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to write to the Mass Dept Public Utilities (deadline May 31) to let them know how you feel about the recent rate case filing by Eversource. Even if you are a National Grid Customer, the 2 corps play off each other in alternating years.
Below are the details for submitting comments by email:
You don’t have to be an expert on the subject (but if you are, go for it!), here are a few issues you might mention in your comments:
• Why should Eversource be guaranteed 10.5% profit? What other businesses get this? yay for the shareholders; but Is this fair to rate payers?
• in the contract, Eversource West (MA) customers will pay 7% more than Eversource East (MA) on basic service charges;
• MMRC -Minimum Monthly Rate Charge – a new charge ostensibly aimed at solar owners who sometimes have a “zero” bill; but which could easily become a catch all charge. Even if e.g. you’re a maple sugar-er only using electricity during certain months, you could ultimately have a minimum charge each month. This needs to be tightly controlled.
• They are asking for huge sums for grid modernization, but much of this is for “enhanced vegetation management.” Think herbicides and consultants and tree trimming contracts. That’s not the grid modernization we’re hoping for. We want smart meters and grid upgrades that allow distributed energy sources to come online. (a number of towns have been unable to build solar arrays b/c of the cost of the grid upgrades required to connect)
Persons interested in commenting on the Companies’ filing may file written comments by the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on May 31, 2017 to Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. Receipt by the Department, not mailing, constitutes filing.
In addition to the above filing requirement, one (1) copy of all materials filed with the Department should be sent to each of the following: (1) Marc J. Tassone, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110; (2) Cheryl M. Kimball, Keegan Werlin LLP, 265 Franklin Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110 (counsel for the Companies); and (3) Joseph W. Rogers, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Ratepayer Advocacy, One Ashburton Place, Boston, Massachusetts 02108.
Further, in addition to paper filings with the Department, all documents also must be submitted to the Department in electronic form at using one of the following methods: (1) by e-mail attachment to email@example.com and the Hearing Officer, Marc.Tassone@state.ma.us; or (2) on a CD-ROM. The text of the e-mail or CD-ROM must specify: (1) the docket number of the proceeding (D.P.U. 17-05); (2) the name of the person or company submitting the filing; and (3) a brief descriptive title of the document. The electronic filing should also include the name, title, and telephone number of a person to contact in the event of questions about the filing. All documents submitted in electronic format will be posted on the Department’s website.