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National Grid delivery rates: The Real Deal

With winter here, many people are seeing higher energy bills than they did in the warmer months. We’ve taken a number of Your Stories calls and emails lately about a particular section of National Grid bills that seem to have jumped in price.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - With winter here, many people are seeing higher energy bills than they did in the warmer months.

We’ve taken a number of Your Stories calls and emails lately about a particular section of National Grid bills that seem to have jumped in price.

Some of the delivery charge is from National Grid, like the cost for the utility to maintain the system that delivers power. The company says its portion hasn't gone up.

About 20 percent of the delivery charge is made up of federal, state, and municipal taxes.
Why does the price jump so much higher in the winter months? The delivery charge does fluctuate with the type of product and how much you use.

Therefore, the cost for National Grid to transport more gas or electric across its distribution system to our homes goes up.

Where you live will also change the fees and taxes, so you may pay more than a coworker or friend simply because of your zip code.

The supply side of the bill is the actual cost of the product the utility buys from producers, because it doesn't make any of its own power in upstate New York.

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