The New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) was established to give a larger voice for the families and businesses that are served by regulated utilities.
While there are numerous business and industry organizations across the region, often their mission and focus is minimized because of conflicting interests of their members. Even offices of “consumer advocates” often advocate for policies and regulations that raise the cost of energy, water, electricity, and telecommunications services. It is time for an independent non-profit to be the voice of the people who pay the bills. While NERA is focused on the six New England states, NERA does engage in federal matters that impact the retail utility prices paid by New England consumers.
The New England region now pays some of the highest rates for electricity in the nation. Despite the natural gas boom in the country the region still can pay double, triple or even five times what nearby areas like New York pays. While water resources are not scarce in this part of the country, many water ratepayers are facing drastically higher rates due to regulatory overreach.
NERA believes that there needs to be a greater emphasis on the costs to consumers – both businesses and families alike. New England used to be a manufacturing base for the country, but we now face a continued drain of good high tech manufacturing jobs to other parts of the country because we are making energy, water and electricity too expensive. If we want to grow the economy of the region and improve the lives of the people who live here, more needs to be done to lower the costs of regulated utilities.
NERA will advocate on behalf of ratepayers across a wide range of issues in every state in New England. From electricity costs in Massachusetts and Maine, water rates in New Hampshire, telecommunications issues in Vermont and Connecticut, natural gas costs in Rhode Island, and a host of other concerns that impact the region, NERA will be a voice for the ratepayers of New England.