Unitil Price Increases Twice as much in December 2021
Customers of Unitil can expect a surge in their electricity bill in 2022. This comes as Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light Company d/b/a Unitil files for an increase in its electric ba-sic service rates with the Massachusetts DPU. The increased rates will cover the period starting December 1, 2021.
The mark-up will see the residential and small commercial default service fixed rate rising to around 20 cents. That’s more than twice the current rate.
Effective December 1, 2021, the fixed basic service charge will increase by $0.19880 per kWh for residential (RD-1, RD-2) and Small General (GD-1) commercial customers. That’s equivalent to a 108% rise over the current rate of $0.09554 per kWh and will cover the period from December 2021 up to May 2022.
Here’s a list of the proposed rates that are still subject to the approval of the DPU. They include the current Basic Service Costs Adder amounting to $0.00796 per kWh. As this may change before the new rates’ implementation, the total rates may still change before December 1, 2021.
Basic Service Rates of Fitchburg Gas and Electric (Unitil) per kWh starting December 2021 to May 2022
For Residential (RD-1, RD-2), Small General (GD-1)
Fixed Rate (December-May): $0.19880
Monthly Rate Option
Dec 2021: $0.22769
Jan 2022: $0.26553
Feb 2022: $0.25760
Mar 2022: $0.17807
Apr 2022: $0.11022
May 2022: $0.10433
For Medium General and Outdoor Lighting (GD-2, GD-4, GD-5, SD)
Fixed Rate (December-May): $0.18247
Monthly Rate Option
Dec 2021: $0.21322
Jan 2022: $0.25216
Feb 2022: $0.24280
Mar 2022: $0.14993
Apr 2022: $0.10682
May 2022: $0.09495
Unitil chose NextEra Energy Marketing, LLC as the supplier for both the Small Customer Group basic service supply requirement and the Medium Customer Group basic service supply requirement for the six-month period beginning December 1, 2021. The decision was based on the pricing received in response to an RFP.
Due to the uncertainties about the implementation date of the municipal aggregation proposed by the City of Fitchburg in D.P.U. 20-117, the six-month delivery period and 100 percent service block was chosen, instead of the twelve-month period outlined in D.T.E. 02-40-B.