- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - Attorney General Maura Healey is challenging a proposal by Eversource to increase customer electricity rates by $96 million.

The company filed a request Tuesday with the Department of Public Utilities seeking to raise the price of electricity delivered by NSTAR Electric Company by $60 million and Western Massachusetts Electric Company by $36 million.

An Eversource spokesman says the proposed rate hikes are based on operation and maintenance costs and are part of a longer-term plan to modernize the electric grid.

Healey says Eversource should be returning profits to customers, not raising rates. The Democrat is urging the public utilities department to reject the rate increase request.

The Democrat has called on the DPU to investigate why the allowed profits for Massachusetts utility companies are higher than profits in neighboring states.

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