CONCORD — Liberty Utilities electric customers will pay the same rate for their energy cost starting Feb. 1 that they did during the previous six months.
“Coincidentally, it came in at the same rate,”of 8.299 cents a kilowatt hour, spokesman John Shore said Tuesday.
The average Liberty customer, who uses 650 kilowatt hours a month, also will pay $4.11 a month less for the upcoming February through July period for energy compared to the same time frame last year.
The Public Utilities Commission announced its approval this week.
Meanwhile, Eversource’s proposal for its energy rate is before the PUC. The average Eversource residential customer would see the energy portion of their monthly electric bill increase $3.44 starting on Feb. 1.
But that same user would be paying $7.56 a month less for energy than a year ago, Eversource spokesman William Hinkle said last week.
The energy portion makes up more than 50 percent of a customer’s total bill. The remaining portion, which includes the delivery charge, hasn’t been finalized for the Feb. 1 change, according to Hinkle.
The typical residential user consumes about 600 kilowatt hours a month, he said.
At the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, its energy costs for Nov. 1 through April 30 is 9.25 cents per kilowatt hour, a 25-percent increase from its summer power rate of 7.41 cents. The winter 2017 rate was 9.10 cents.
Also taking effect last month was a 15 percent decrease in the regional access charge, which covers the cost of capacity and transmission.
Overall, the typical residential customer using 546 kilowatt hours a month is paying about $8 a month more compared to the summer rate period, which ended Oct. 1, Wheeler said.
“We’re seeing the same seasonal price swings that we’ve seen for the past several years, which are caused primarily by the seasonal increase in the winter delivery cost of natural gas,” said spokesman Seth Wheeler.
Unitil said its summer energy rate for customers buying power from it was 8.2 cents. That increased to 11.6 cents as of Dec. 1 and runs through May. That means a $20 monthly increase for a typical customer using 600 kilowatt hours a month, according to Unitil spokesman Alec O’Meara.