State Sen. Elaine J. Morgan, R-Ashaway, said Friday that she strongly opposed National Grid’s proposed 19 percent electric rate hike and would work toward defeating the request.
The proposal, which would be in effect from Oct. 1 to the end of March, would raise the standard rate for residential customers from 8.5 cents per kilowatt hour to 12.1 cents. This is a pass-through seasonal rate that reflects the cost of the utility’s power purchases on the wholesale energy market. The 19 percent increase reflects the overall cost increase for a residential customer who uses 500 KWH per month; distribution costs are the other component, and the state Public Utilities Commission is also considering a National Grid request to raise that rate.
“Enough is enough!” Morgan said. “Rhode Islanders already pay some of the highest rates in the country.” Morgan encouraged ratepayers to contact their elected representatives to protest the increase. She said she would ask the Senate leadership “what sort of initiatives we can take to prevent these kinds of outrageous increases.”