Eversource Winter Cost of Gas Adjustment

Each year, there is likely a seasonal increase in natural gas supply prices during the winter months. As a result, starting November 1, 2020, there will be a winter cost of gas increase. This is due to heightened natural gas demand during colder weather. 

In addition to this supply rate change, there will be other annual adjustments effective November 1 to the delivery portion of your bill pending approval by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). These rate changes will be followed by a distribution rate change, anticipated to take effect December 1 after a year-long rate review by the DPU.

We know that this winter will be especially challenging, as more people keep their thermostats up to stay warm while working and studying from home, and we’re here to help, even if you’ve never asked for help before. We have special payment and assistance programs and ways to help lower your energy use and bill.

How much is the increase?

For residential gas heating customers, there is an increase of from $0.0109 per therm to $0.6946 per therm.

How will this impact my bill?

Average customers will see an approximately $61.32 increase over October 2020 bills. This increase is due in part to artificially low summer supply rates and a one-time credit which was applied to October bills. 

This is an increase of about 1% compared to last winter’s rate. 

Your usage may increase as well. For the average heating customer, usage increases from approximately 46 therms in October to 89 therms in November, as the need for heating increases. This increase is highly dependent on weather, and we expect with more people at home throughout the day, this usage may increase even further. 

Why is the supply rate increasing?

We purchase natural gas from suppliers at market cost. Twice per year, in May and November, the natural gas supply rate is adjusted based on actual market costs of procuring gas for our customers.

Colder temperatures mean more demand and higher costs than summer months. This is why the winter rate is usually higher than the summer rate.

The supply rate increase reflects the actual cost of purchasing natural gas for our customers—with no profit to Eversource.

When will this increase go into effect?

The gas supply rate will increase on November 1, 2020, and will be in effect until April 30, 2021.

We know any bill increase can create added stress, especially during these already challenging times. If you’re concerned about your bill, please call us right away at 866-661-6225.

We can guide you through finding the right assistance program and help you with ways to lower your bill. We’ll work with you one-on-one to find the right option for you.

Increased usage affects both the supply and delivery charges on your bill. We know that this winter will be especially challenging, as more people keep their thermostats up to stay warm while working and studying from home.

We're here to help and encourage you to take advantage of our energy efficiency programs, including a no-cost home energy assessment.

You'll receive: 

  • An expert evaluation of your current energy use
  • A personalized energy report to help you better manage your energy use and find rebates and incentives to save you money
  • Savings tips and improvements specifically for your home 
  • Important safety tests on natural gas heating equipment and appliances

You can also take advantage of deep discounts on energy efficient solutions, like smart thermostats, up to 100 percent off insulation – and more.