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Electricity Bills on Rise as Power Generation Costs Decrease

During a conference call with reporters Monday, Dan Dolan, president of the New England Power Generators Association, said the price charged by power producers for their output has fallen 30 percent since 2003, when adjusted for inflation.

But Dolan concedes that consumers might see it differently when they open their electric bills. "They've seen their electricity bills increase as the cost of the transmission and distribution system has gone up, and as other what I call public policy charges have gone up, whether that's the contracting for renewable energy, or investments in things like energy efficiency and other products along those lines."

Dolan said the power generators group had no position on the controversy in Augusta over solar policy. Republican legislators are opposing a bill that would begin lowering, but not eliminate, the state subsidies for solar power installations, especially on individual homes.