Dayton Power & Light / Fixed Rate Hikes

DP&L’s requested rate hike draws opposition

Credit: Thomas Gnau / Dayton Daily News

DAYTON — “Raising Dayton Power & Light’s fixed residential charges will hurt low-income Dayton residents and those who take steps to conserve energy, several witnesses told the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) in a public hearing Tuesday.

…The increase will ‘force (DP&L’s) residential customers in Southwestern Ohio to pay $114 more a year in fees before you even flip on a light switch,’ said a joint statement from Ohio Citizen Action, Ohio Faith in Public Life and the Consumers Union.

‘DP&L’s proposal would raise what’s called the ‘customer charge’ portion of residents’ bills from $51 a year to $165 a year, a 223 percent increase,’ the groups said.

Rachael Belz, executive director of Ohio Citizen Action, said utilities Duke and AEP ultimately withdrew their own proposed fixed rate hikes. She and others testifying urged DP&L to do the same.”

— Thomas Gnau, Dayton Daily News

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