Rate Increase

Green Mountain Power electric meters are seen on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 in Montpelier, Vt. Vermont’s largest electric utility asked the state Thursday for permission to increase its rates about 2.5 percent Oct. 1 and as much as 2.5 percent again next year to help pay for $24 million in additional transmission fees. If approved, the average Green Mountain Power customer’s bill of about $100 would go up by about $2.50. The utility has about 250,000 customers in Vermont.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)