, Newburyport, MA

December 14, 2013

Benign inflation? Have you seen your latest electric bill?

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

I just received my latest National Grid electric bill. The cost to deliver electricity has remained the same; however, the cost to generate the electricity has seen the rate per kWh jump from .07251 up to .0986. That’s a tidy 36 percent increase! The price of natural gas, which is used to generate about 85 percent of our electricity in New England, has been rather benign these last few years, inching up slightly over the past few months.

National Grid tells us that it’s a supply and pipeline delivery issue as there are not enough pipelines bringing supply to New England. Until that changes, watch out for increased hikes in rates. Add to that the anticipated rate increase when Cape Wind goes online and it has the makings of a budget-buster for many families.

Overall inflation may be benign, but the cost to power our homes is “through the roof,” with no relief in sight. Maybe a solar farm off Scotland Road wasn’t a bad idea after all!

Dale Williams