WPRI VIDEO: Switching to a competitive power supplier could cost you, data shows

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) -- Aleisha Ross was hoping for a cheaper electric bill, so she ditched National Grid and signed a contract with an energy company.

"The first bill that I had was OK," Ross recalled. "But as the months went by, it just started getting higher and higher and higher."

She's not alone.

According to data from the R.I. Division of Public Utilities and Carriers, competitive suppliers cost residential customers in Rhode Island about $28 million more than National Grid's standard offer rate over the past five years.

Susan Campbell (scampbell@wpri.com) is the Call 12 for Action and Target 12 consumer investigator for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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