Electricity prices to jump for Emera Maine’s Bangor Hydro customers

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Customers in Emera Maine’s Bangor Hydro district will pay higher electricity rates next year, according to prices set Tuesday by the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

The prices apply to customers of Emera’s Bangor Hydro district who receive the “standard offer,” a fixed rate approved by state utility regulators each year as a default electricity option. The rates for 2019 are the result of a months-long regular review process by the utilities commission.

The rate for the standard offer for residential and small business customers will rise 15.8 percent from the current 7.2 cents per kilowatt hour to 8.37 per kilowatt hour.

That means a typical residential bill, including the standard offer electricity and the distribution price, will be 6.5 percent more in 2019.

Prices for medium business customers will rise 11.4 percent from the current 8.1 cents per kilowatt hour to 9 cents per kilowatt hour.

The new prices are