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National Grid PLC
03 October 2016






3 October 2016                                                                                             

National Grid plc


Rate case order issued for Massachusetts Electric Company


Following National Grid's rate filing in November 2015, on 30 September the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued a rate order for the Massachusetts Electric Company which supplies 1.3m electricity distribution customers.


New distribution rates, which will increase for the first time since 2010, are effective 1 October 2016.


Following an initial assessment of the rate order, the key points are:


  • allowed Return on Equity of 9.9% on a 50.7% equity capital structure
  • revenue increase of $101m, which compares to our ask of $130m (after adjustments to the original request of $143m)
  • annual capital investment of $249m


It is estimated that this order will result in an approximate 7% bill increase for residential customers.


A fact sheet will be made available on the National Grid Investor Relations website later this week following a review of the detailed terms of the order.


Investors and Analysts


Aarti Singhal

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Many of these assumptions, risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond National Grid's ability to control or estimate precisely, such as changes in laws or regulations, including any arising as a result of the United Kingdom's anticipated exit from the European Union, announcements from and decisions by governmental bodies or regulators (including the timeliness of consents for construction projects); the timing of construction and delivery by third parties of new generation projects requiring connection; breaches of, or changes in, environmental, climate change and health and safety laws or regulations, including breaches or other incidents arising from the potentially harmful nature of its activities; network failure or interruption, the inability to carry out critical non network operations and damage to infrastructure, due to adverse weather conditions including the impact of major storms as well as the results of climate change, due to counterparties being unable to deliver physical commodities, or due to the failure of or unauthorised access to or deliberate breaches of National Grid's IT systems and supporting technology; performance against regulatory targets and standards and against National Grid's peers with the aim of delivering stakeholder expectations regarding costs and efficiency savings, including those related to investment programmes and internal transformation and remediation plans; and customers and counterparties (including financial institutions) failing to perform their obligations to the Company. 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