For Immediate Release - February 01, 2011

AG Coakley Statement Regarding Department of Public Utilities Decision in Western Massachusetts Electric Rate Case

"WMECo's initial requested distribution rate increase was excessive, and while we are pleased that that DPU reduced the requested hike by 41 percent, we believe that any increase is an unfair burden on residents and businesses in Western Massachusetts. In this particularly tough economic climate, we are concerned that WMECO felt the need to seek a massive rate increase and shift more risk onto ratepayers while its service quality has declined. We do believe DPU took additional positive steps in rejecting other costly and unnecessary rate recovery mechanisms that we had pushed for and believe are helpful as rate requests from other companies are considered in the future."