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National Grid Seeks Electric Rate Hikes That Will Raise Winter Bills

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National Grid is asking state regulators for an electricity rate hike of more 20 percent for most Massachusetts residential customers that would drive up bills this winter, but keep them lower than last winter.

The utility, with nearly 1.3 million customers in Massachusetts, says if approved by the state Department of Public Utilities, the typical residential customer would see their bill jump to about $110 a month this winter, up from the current $90. Last winter's typical monthly bill was more than $121.

"Due to continued gas pipeline constraints, the electric supply prices remain volatile and relatively high, though not as high as last winter," National Grid officials said.

If approved, the new rates would take effect in November and run through April.

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