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National Grid Proposes Rate Hikes Up to 20% – Promises to Build Better Energy Future in Upstate


National Grid says they have submitted a proposal to support a smarter, stronger, and cleaner energy system that they say would “enhance reliability” throughout the Upstate New York region and match with the state’s clean energy goals.

However, with this plan, National Grid says their proposal will see rate increases between 15 and 20%. Total monthly bill increases would be around $19 for customers who use 625 kilowatt-hours. For National Grid customers using residential gas, monthly bills would be around $18 more, based on 78 therms used.

“Prioritizing the energy needs of our customers is vital, and nothing is more important than the safe operation of our networks as we look for new ways of delivering energy for all our customers,” said Phil DeCicco, New York General Counsel. “We have identified essential investments in this rate proposal, and we will ensure no customer is left behind in their access to reliable and affordable energy as we continue on the clean energy transition.”

The company says they would invest nearly $1.7 billion dollars for the electricity grid and another $338 million in gas networks in their coverage areas in Upstate. The plan also includes an additional 800 jobs added.

“National Grid is determined to build a better energy future while keeping energy as affordable as possible,” DeCicco said. “We look forward to an open and transparent public review process and encourage customers to become involved in how we can build a better energy future for all the communities we serve.”

Overall, National Grid also states the proposal will improve customer satisfaction by increasing their number of consumer advocates who assist vulnerable customers that include those in disadvantaged communities, eliminating credit card fees for residential bill payments and adopting new technologies to offer more self-service features.

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