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Eversource proposes lower residential gas rates

Eversource Energy has submitted plans to state regulators that would reduce monthly utility bills for its residential customers by about 6 percent for the summer and fall months, compared with last year.

Eversource, which serves about 300,000 natural gas customers in Massachusetts, said the proposed rate decrease would save customers about $2 a month, or $12 over the six-month period that the new rate would be in effect.

The new monthly total for the average customer would drop to $29.92 from $31.95, from May through October, Eversource said.

Globally, natural prices have plummeted in recent weeks as warmer winter weather has curbed demand for the energy to heat homes.

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Bill Akley, the president of gas operations at Eversource said the company is, “pleased that it will remain a competitively priced choice.”

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities will have to approve the new rates.


Deirdre Fernandes can be reached at deirdre.fernandes@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @fernandesglobe.