Residents of Boston paid 63% more than the nationwide average for electricity in February of 2015. This is according to a recent report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Customers in Boston, Massachusetts (and surrounding areas) paid 22.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in February. This is in contrast to the 13.8 cents per kWh the rest of the country paid and is a difference of 63 percent. In February 2014, electricity rates for Bostonians were approximately 29% more than the rest of the nation.
Due to the unprecedented hike in rates, the House Post Audit and Oversight committee has reportedly entered the early stages of an investigation. Some utilities have blamed the increase in electric rates on high winter demand, as well as insufficient pipeline capacity.
Ultimately, in the past half decade, electricity rates in Boston have exceeded the rest of the nation in the month of February by 15 percent or more.
Information courtesy of the BLS report.