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Mansfield electric rates below average


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

MANSFIELD- The town's residential electric rates continue to compare favorably to others across the state, the municipal light department director reported Monday.

Gary Babin, director of the Mansfield Municipal Electric Department, gave light commissioners a report that showed the department's rates consistently fell in the lower third across the state.

The report, which covered October 2008 to September 2009, was compiled by the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co.

Over the time period, a 250-kilowatt hour customer paid an average of $32.57 each month for electricity, good for the sixth lowest rate among the state's power providers, according to the report.

A 500-kilowatt hour customer spent an average of $66.21 each month (14th lowest), a 750-killowatt hour customer spent an average of $101.13 (16th lowest) and a 1,000-kilowatt hour customer spent an average of $136.05 per month (16th lowest), according to the data.

Over the 12-month period, Mansfield's average rates were the lowest among area providers, including North Attleboro Electric, National Grid and NStar, Babin said.