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February 25, 2014

Plaistow residents feeling burned by electricity bills

Selectman says cost has doubled

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“There will be a new supply rate in May,” he said. “Then there will be a change.”

Fitzgerald said he hopes to invite a Unitil representative to a future selectmen’s meeting. He is also considering writing a letter to the state’s public utilities commission.

Selectmen’s Chairman Robert Gray said the town may need to look elsewhere.

“There could be other electric providers which may look to take Plaistow on,” Gray said at a recent meeting. “Our hands aren’t tied, like it is in a cable contract. If they don’t want to listen to us and hear our concerns, we can do that.”

Gray said he also noticed that he was billed for a service fee based on kilowatt hours, that he had never seen before. O’Meara said there were no changes to how Unitil bills customers.

O’Meara said he wasn’t sure Plaistow would be able to find a better supply rate.

“They can see if they can find a more competitive rate than the default rate,” he said. “They are free to explore options they have if they can find better options, but that isn’t our part of the bill.”

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