DP&L rate increase hearing today: What you need to know

There will be two local hearings this week on a Dayton Power & Light requested rate increase.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has scheduled public hearings on the rate increase request — at 1 p.m. today, May 8, at the Dayton Municipal Building, 101 W. Third St., and then at 6 p.m. May 10, also at the municipal building.

The public will be able to testify at these hearings. The rate case affects some 459,000 residential electricity consumers in the Dayton area.

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The Office of the Ohio Consumers Counsel (OCC) has asked the PUCO to have DP&L and other Ohio utilities to offset or reduce their rates in light of the last year’s federal corporate income tax cuts.

In November 2015, DP&L filed a rate case asking the PUCO to allow increases in DP&L’s electric distribution rates to its customers.

DP&L proposed to collect $65.8 million more from consumers for electric distribution service — service that includes poles, wires, meters and other distribution infrastructure and equipment — than it does each year today.

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A typical DP&L residential consumer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity would pay about $4.07 more per month, or about $50 per year, under DP&L’s proposal, according to the OCC.

PUCO staff, in March, proposed an annual increase for DP&L of between $23.2 and $28.1 million.

Last month, the OCC raised its own objections, recommending a rate decrease for consumers. The office recommended that DP&L collect $560,000 less from consumers than is today being collected annually, citing the recent federal corporate income tax cut.

The PUCO has a hearing scheduled in Columbus for May 14, to hear testimony on the federal tax question.

After the hearings, the PUCO will make a decision on the rates.

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