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Report: Ohio residential electrical users paying more for less

Credit: Richard Goerg

Credit: Richard Goerg

COLUMBUS — “Power bills for Ohio homeowners last year increased 6.6 percent from 2010, with residential customers paying more even as they used less power.

Monthly residential electric bills for Ohioans averaged $112.25 last year, up from $105.33 in 2010, according to new federal data. The average monthly bill nationally was $114.03 in 2015.

Residences in Ohio consumed an average of 877 kilowatt-hours of electricity a month in 2015, down from 931 kilowatt-hours a month five years prior, the report said.

Ohio lawmakers in 2008 adopted standards requiring utilities in the state to lessen power consumption through energy efficiency measures. But those standards, along with requirements that utilities use a certain amount of electricity from renewable sources, were frozen in 2014 and face an end-of-year deadline for action, otherwise they resume.

The price of power in the state has gone up nominally since 2010, to 12.8 cents a kilowatt-hour from 11.32 cents, according to the report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.”

— Tom Knox, Columbus Business First

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