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Public Invited To Hearings On Proposed DP&L Rate Hikes

PUCO recently heard public testimony in Columbus on a proposed AEP Ohio rate-change proposal. Credit PUCO Instagram page

DAYTON — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is hosting public hearings this week on Dayton Power & Light’s application to boost electricity rates. The company applied to increase rates almost three years ago.

DP&L’s proposal would triple a mandatory fee on all customer electricity bills. PUCO staff estimate a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours would see a monthly increase of $3.38, which the nonprofit nonpartisan consumer advocacy group Ohio Citizen Action calculates would raise a residential customer’s payment from $51 per year to $165 per year, a 223 percent increase.

Rachael Belz directs Ohio Citizen Action. She says the rate hikes would be imposed across the board, regardless of customers’ home size.

‘The way they’ve proposed these increases, it doesn’t actually matter how much energy you use because it would be an increase for everybody, so it makes it really, really difficult for the senior citizens on fixed incomes and those with the lowest incomes to have to pay the same as somebody who has a very large home, for no better services.'”

— Jess Mador, WYSO

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