Fixed Rate Hikes / Victory

Consumers score a victory on Dayton Power & Light fixed rate charge

COLUMBUS — Dayton Power & Light customers will not have to pay a $13 monthly fixed rate or customer charge on their bills, thanks to a settlement reached among the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and consumer and environmental advocates on June 22. The charge will increase to $7 per month, but this puts DP&L on par with what other utilities have charged for years and still represents a win for customers.  The settlement also contained other pro-consumer features, including investments the utility will make in electric vehicle charging infrastructure in its territory and potential investments in energy efficiency.

Madeline Fleischer, Senior Attorney for the Environmental Law & Policy Center, which was a party to this case said, “We definitely hit some resistance about taking this number lower and I have to imagine part of the calculus was the solid public support for low fixed charges.” Similar fixed rate increases were rejected in the last year from Duke Energy and American Electric Power.

Thank you to all who submitted public comments on this case or spoke out at the hearings and congratulations.