Thursday, December 13, 2012
Milford residents spoke angrily Wednesday of a proposal by the Milford Water Co. to increase rates by 83 percent.
Describing a proposed water rate increase of 83 percent as "outrageous" and "inconceivable," Milford residents and officials blasted the request at a public hearing Wednesday. The hearing filled the top floor of Milford Town Hall to beyond-seating capacity. Nearly 300 people attended. Residents stood along the windows of the meeting space, and many took seats in the balcony section. In comments, frustrated residents said they felt trapped by a private water utility that is their only source for drinking water. "The Milford Water Company is a monopoly," said Mary Langford. "We don't have another water company to turn to. It's a huge problem. I'm appalled. That's it." Another resident, Mark Cabral, pointed out that Water Company customers …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
National Grid was fined nearly $19 million, the highest fine levied against utilities in Massachusetts.
The state on Tuesday ordered a total of $24.8 million in penalties to utility companies for their response to storms in 2011. Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan joined Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Chairman Ann Berwick and DPU commissioners today to announce the findings of the DPU’s investigation into responses to Tropical Storm Irene and the October 2011 snowstorm. Provided the penalties hold up, customers should see a reduction in their bill, though it is unclear how much, officials said. National Grid faces the steepest penalty, at $18.725 million. NSTAR has been ordered to pay $4.075 million, while the Western Massachusetts Electric Company faces a $2 million penalty. National Grid told the …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is reviewing the documents submitted by the Milford Water Company in its request for a rate increase.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Editor's Note: the following press release was issued by the office of state Attorney General Martha Coakley this month. The Milford Water Company has requested an 83 percent increase in water rates. According to an exhibit in the Water Company filing, the "typical" quarterly bills for residential customers would increase from $77.31 to $141.79. A hearing before the state Department of Public Utilities, which will decide on the rate increase, is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Milford Town Hall. The town of Milford has already intervened in the rate request; now the state attorney general is doing the same, under a new state law that authorizes this action. Applying the same advocacy and oversight principles used in gas and …
Monday, November 12, 2012
A public hearing will be held Dec. 12 at Milford Town Hall on an application by the Milford Water Company for an 83 percent rate increase.
How do you feel about a near-doubling of your water bill? Strong feelings either way? Then save the date of Dec. 12. This is your chance to tell state officials what you think of the proposal put forward by the Milford Water Company. The state Department of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing, at Milford Town Hall, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The hearing is the first step in a lengthy process to determine whether the rate increase sought by the water utility company should be approved. In a filing made with the state DPU in October, the Milford Water Co. is seeking an 83 percent rate increase, for residential, commercial, industrial and town customers. Milford officials are planning to challenge the rate request. Special town meeting …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Town Counsel Gerald Moody, in a memo filed with the state Department of Public Utilities, is challenging the amount of a loan ceiling sought by the Milford Water Company for construction of a new water treatment plant.
The town counsel for Milford has challenged the size of a construction loan sought by the Milford Water Company, a debt that, if approved, could lead to a 50 percent rate increase for customers. The Milford Water Company, a privately owned utility, is seeking permission from the state Department of Public Utilities to borrow up to $20 million to cover construction of a new water treatment plant. The plant is currently under construction, behind the Water Company offices on Dilla Street. The Department of Public Utilities does not issue loans; but its approval is required before a utility company can secure private financing. The Water Company requested the loan approval, and presented its case in a public hearing May 8. The Department has …