Here is another information relevant to electric rate hike in the New England deregulated states where I and @bisco lives. NEW ENGLAND Five of the 15 deregulated states are in the footprint of the New England RTO (known as ISO-New England). Table 3 shows that rates for all five states were already well above the national average in 1997. Over the 20-year period, all states except Maine experienced rate increases above the national average, while rates in Connecticut have increased at double the rate of the national average. Rates in these states declined between 2008 and 2012, most likely due to steep drops in natural gas prices, as the New England region relies heavily on natural gas for generation. Rates began increasing in 2013, and have since generally followed trends in the national average.