Eversource is seeking to raise rates by 28 percent.
The company submitted a proposal to the Department of Public Utilities for such an increase and a local public hearing on the manner is scheduled for April 10 at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
The company is seeking to increase revenues by $35.7 million with the increase. Another $60.2 million is sought with increases to NStar customers in eastern Massachusetts, which is achieved through a 7 percent rate increase.
“Eversource’s request addresses increases in operating and maintenance costs and capital costs associated with investments in the electric network since the last decision by the DPU approving a general distribution rate increase in 2011,” Eversource wrote in an email announcing the hearing.
The Department of Public Utilities has the ultimate say over the rate increase but Attorney General Maura Healey has opposed it. She has filed to be an intervener in the hearings.
In January she wrote, “as a regulated public utility, Eversource is required to justify why the state should permit it to raise electric rates on residents and business customers … Our initial evaluation shows that Eversource should be returning profits to customers as savings, not raising rates. We urge the DPU to reject Eversource’s request for a rate hike.”
The DPU will be holding one hearing on the rate increases at 7 p.m. on April 10. Written comments on it may be submitted to the DPU by May 31.