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National Grid customers will see some billing relief, for now

National Grid customers should get some relief in their next power bill. Prices skyrocketed during a frigid winter, but supply costs for electricity have ticked down slightly. The company says customers can expect their next electric bill to fall some 40 percent from the last one.

The utility predicts supply costs two months ahead based on the market. February turned out to be lower than expected, so April bills will be down.

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Ryan Delaney
Reporter, The Innovation Trail

National Grid spokeswoman Virginia Limmiatis says it’s been hard to guess supply costs over the past few winters.

"The last two years have been actually unusually warm and  this year has been unusually cold," she said. "So you’ve had polar opposites in terms of the winter heating season and what customer can expect."

Still, the surge in energy prices this winter was enough to upset customers and cause Sen. Charles Schumer to call for an investigation into possible rate gouging.

While this energy bill will be down, Limmiatis says March supply costs were slightly up, so May bills will bump up again.

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