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WMECo Seeks 29 Percent Electric Rate Hike

Western Massachusetts Electric Company is seeking a 29 percent rate hike beginning in January.

   All of the major public utility companies in Massachusetts have filed for regulatory approval to raise electric rates substantially this winter, citing rising generating costs blamed on a shortage of natural gas.   Governor-elect Charlie Baker has criticized the current administration for not increasing the capacity of existing natural gas pipelines.

    " I think it is unfortunate that rate payers, small businesses, municipalities, colleges, hospitals and everybody else are going to have to pay the price for that this winter," Baker said during a recent visit to West Springfield.

     WMECO  said if its proposed winter rate goes into effect the average residential customers monthly bill will increase by $26 .

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.