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National Grid customers can expect to see higher bills for a couple more months

National Grid says the harsh winter has driven up the demand for energy and is the main reason for the increase in customer's bills.
(WSYR-TV) – Many Northern New Yorkers are seeing a substantial increase in their energy bills – in some cases their monthly bills have nearly doubled.

National Grid says the harsh winter – not just in Upstate New York – but across the country, is driving up the demand for energy and is the main reason for the increase in customer's bills.

As a result, energy companies are competing for the same supply, which is driving up the price.

While National Grid says the cost to deliver you the energy has stayed the same, the cost of supplying it has skyrocketed.

"It's important for customers to understand that national Grid is not profiting at all from this. We don't profit as a business from supply costs. Those costs are directly passed through to the customer,” said National Grid spokeswoman Virginia Limmiatis.

When it comes to how your National Grid bill is calculated, this is the breakdown:
  • about 50 percent is supply costs
  • about 10 percent is taxes
  • and 40 percent is the delivery charge.

The utility profits from delivery fees, which are locked in with the public service commission and do not fluctuate regardless of demand.

National Grid says their billing cycle has a two-month lag – so you can expect to see the bigger bills until the middle of spring.

The utility says they have deferred payment and budget plans available.


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