For Immediate Release - May 24, 2010

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office to Represent Ratepayers at Hearings Regarding National Grid's Proposed Gas Rate Hike

BOSTON - Beginning this week, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will hold a series of public hearings regarding National Grid's request for a $106 million increase in gas distribution rates per year beginning on November 1, 2010. The public hearings are an opportunity for legislators, municipal officials, and the general public to voice their concerns about the proposed rate increase. If allowed, such an increase would result in a 19 percent increase in distribution rates for certain customers. Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office will testify at each of the seven hearings across the Commonwealth on behalf of ratepayers, arguing that the increase is excessive and harmful to customers.

The hearings will take place at the following times and locations:

  • Barnstable - May 25, West Village Elementary School, 7:00 p.m.
  • Acton - May 26, Acton Town Hall, Faulkner Room , 7:00 p.m.
  • Boston - May 27 , Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, Second Floor 7:00 p.m.
  • Haverhill - June 1, Haverhill City Hall, 4 Summer Street, 7:00 p.m.
  • Quincy - June 2, Quincy City Hall, City Council Chambers, 7:00 p.m.
  • Lynn - June 3, Lynn City Hall, City Council Chambers, 7:00 p.m.
  • Lowell - June 7, Lowell City Hall, City Council Chambers, 7:00 p.m.

Copies of the written testimony submitted to the DPU by the Attorney General's Office will be available to the media. A DPU decision is expected by November 1, 2010 .

The Attorney General serves as the ratepayer advocate and is authorized to intervene in administrative and/or judicial proceedings on behalf of consumers in connection with any matter involving the rates, charges, prices or tariffs of any gas company doing business in the Commonwealth.

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