Northern Utilities New Hampshire, Unitil Corporation’s New Hampshire natural gas distribution utility, filed a base rate case with the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission today, requesting approval to adjust distribution prices for all customers. The Commission will conduct a thorough analysis of this filing in a base rate case procedure that might last a year or longer. In 2017, the Company filed its most recent base rate case.
For consumers who are having trouble paying their energy bills, the multi-year rate filing contains a revenue decoupling mechanism and an arrearage management programme. The Company’s plan also contains provisions aimed at mitigating the rate filing’s impact on customer rates and limiting future rate increases while ensuring that customers continue to receive safe and dependable service.
Northern proposed a $7.8 million permanent increase in total annual revenues, or an 8.1 percent increase over current rates. If the rates are approved as proposed, the average residential heating user who uses 62 therms per month will experience a monthly rise of $15.28, or 13.5 percent. Depending on the rate class and usage factors, the effects on individual consumers will differ.
Unitil Corporation offers life-sustaining energy in New England by safely and reliably providing natural gas and electricity. We are dedicated to the communities we serve, as well as the development of people, business methods, and technology that will result in the delivery of more reliable and efficient energy. Unitil Corporation is a holding corporation for public utility companies in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Approximately 107,100 electric consumers and 85,600 natural gas customers are served by Unitil’s operating utilities.