STATEWIDE – Emera Maine customers may be seeing a 6 percent increase in their electric bill.
This comes after the power company sent a letter to customers last week saying it will be filing a request with the Maine Public Utilities Commission to increase its distribution rate.
The distribution rate would be going up 18 percent but since that’s one of five rates on a customer’s electric bill, Emera Maine officials said it would raise a customer’s total electric bill by 6 percent.
If approved by the commission, the proposed increase would be shared equally among all residential, commercial and industrial customers.
According to Emera Maine officials, the average residential customer using about 500 kilowatt hours per month would see an increase of around $5.75 in their bill.
Spokesperson Judy Long said the increase is to improve reliability.
“So some of the money is for storm hardening, which is work that we do to improve equipment, and to make sure that we’re able to isolate and limit the number of customers that are affected by outages,” said Long.
The process with the PUC takes about nine months before any decision can be made.
The letter from Emera details how customers can voice their opinion by contacting the PUC.