If you’re a Bangor Hydro or Maine Public Service customer, your electric bill might go up soon.
Both companies are asking for a distribution rate increase and Bangor Hydro is also asking for a standard cost rate hike.
Both companies share ownership right now, and plan to merge.
The rate hikes would cost the average customer of both utilities about $2.50 more per month.
Bangor Hydro’s additional request would tack another $1.50 on the monthly bill.
A spokeswoman for the utilities says increases are needed to keep service where it needs to be.
“We need to maintain that system. We need to keep it safe and reliable. We need to make sure that we’re trimming trees near the system to prevent power outages. Then the other thing we need to pay for is a new customer information system at both utilities because ours is about 15 years old and it’s really reached the end of its useful life,” said Susan Faloon, communications manager for Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service.
The increases require approval by the Public Utilities Commission.