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According to estimates on the association's web site, DP&L's DMR rider would cost small manufacturing companies — those with about $100,000 a year in electricity costs — more than $72,000 total over seven years.
Medium-sized manufacturers would pay an extra $542,527 total over seven years while large manufacturers would pay more than $7.2 million total over seven years, according to the association.
“Regardless of whose power they might be buying in a deregulated market, they have to realize this is not something they can shop around,” Augsburger said.
DP&L rates analyst Robert Adams said in a recent application to state regulators a “typical residential customer in 2017” using 1,000 kilowatts per month can expect their bills to go down 87 cents per month, or a 0.76 percent decrease, under the new rate. No estimate is given beyond 2017.
DP&L, which has 515,000 customers in 24 Western Ohio counties, did not return emails seeking comment for this story.