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What’s included in the total rate per kWh shown in in Table 1?

The Total per Kilowatt Hour (kWh) Rates shown in Table 1 are based on Eversource’s “Summary of Rates” from 2005 to 2019. These charges are all based on the number of kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity used during a billing period.  The total per kWh rate includes:

    • Distribution Charge: Recovers costs for maintaining and operating Eversource's distribution system, power restoration and service operations.

    • Transmission Charge: Recovers costs related to the delivery of electricity over the high-voltage or transmission system power lines.

    • Stranded Cost Recovery Charge: Helps recover the cost of past investment, such as expenses resulting from power contracts and other long-term investments.

    • System Benefits Charge: Funds energy efficiency programs for all customers as well as a bill assistance program for income eligible residential customers.

    • Electricity Consumption Tax: State tax on electricity consumption (Currently not in effect as of 01-01-2019)

    • Energy Service Charge: The cost of the electricity a customer has used during a billing period. It includes a supplier’s costs to generate and/or buy power. This is often referred to as the “Supply” rate. This is the component of the electricity rate which can be purchased from a competitive electric supplier.  If you are considering going solar and currently use a competitive supplier, it is recommended to call your competitive supplier to understand how you will be compensated for net metering.  It may be in your best interest to switch back to purchasing your energy supply from your utility.

Please note that the Customer Charge and meter charges are not included in the total per kWh rate.


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