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GMP Adding New Storm Charge on Bills For Next Year

If you notice a new storm charge on your Green Mountain Power bill, it's not from last weekend's ice storm.
COLCHESTER, Vt. - If you notice a new storm charge on your Green Mountain Power bill, it's not from last weekend's ice storm. It's to help offset costs from Sandy and three other storms in 2012.

The additional monthly charge will last through all of 2014. It will equal about a $1.50 a month for all of GMP's 250,000 customers.

It covers restoration costs for storms like Sandy that caused almost 50,000 outages. Green Mountain Power does budget for storm-related outages, but not for major storms like Sandy.

"What we do is, after the fact, if we've had several major storms, we can include that charge as a separate line item on the bill, Dotty Schnure, Spokesperson for Green Mountain Power, said. "It's very transparent, customers know what it's for. It's used to cover the restoration costs."

There will also be a small credit in the beginning of 2014 because power supply costs weren't as high as expected.

As for any similar storm charges coming from the ice storm, that is still unknown.
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