Proceeds from Upstate New York utility customers helped to pay $1,254 for a National Grid executive to ship his wine collection across the Atlantic, $3,566 to repair another executive’s washing machine and pool cover on Long Island, and $35,700 to send a third employee’s children to a private school in Boston.

State officials discovered those and other examples of lavish spending as they examined National Grid’s request for a $400 million increase in Upstate electric rates.
National Grid had sought to include those expenses in rates, beginning in 2011.

After state officials questioned the expenditures, National Grid this week offered to slash $4.27 million from its rate proposal in hopes of putting the matter to rest.

Utility officials said they don’t want the controversial expenses to derail the rate case.

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