As many customers voiced their concerns about their higher-than-usual energy bills last month, the utility companies in the state attributed the trend to a combination of a hotter summer and COVID-19, which has kept people at home and using more power. The sudden increase in parts of the grid that are not prepared for such high usage caused congestion on the grid, resulting in another increase in delivery rates. An added benefit of a solar project is alleviating some of this congestion, thereby reducing delivery charges because it often requires much needed upgrades to the infrastructure.
However, customers also noticed something on their electric bills that could be attributed to either COVID-19 or a hot summer: United Illuminating and Eversource delivery charge increase. Eversource says this increased delivery charge was mostly due to payments associated with the state-approved power purchase agreement with Millstone Nuclear Power Plant, as well as an increased focus on high quality service to its customers. While we can all appreciate the benefit of high-quality service, wouldn’t you rather avoid sudden rate hikes that cut into your perfectly planned budget? Since commercial customers have expressed concern over the sudden increase in their bills, the rate increase has been suspended pending investigation.