PUCO urged to act on unlawful DP&L charges

The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel is urging the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to take action after a Ohio Supreme Court ruling last month reversed a decision that let Dayton Power & Light charge customers extra in an “electric security plan service stability rider.”

The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, which earlier this year appealed the PUCO decision along with the Industrial Energy Consumers of Ohio, is lamenting the delay.

“Regrettably, DP&L ‎has already collected more than a quarter-billion dollars from consumers for a charge that the Ohio Supreme Court has now found to be unlawful,” Dan Doron, a spokesman for the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, said in an email Tuesday.

“Time is of the essence to stop DP&L’s charges, especially because DP&L will not likely be required to refund the money to consumers,” he added.

Matt Schilling, a spokesman for PUCO, said the commission will take action “sooner rather than later.”

“No movement yet,” he said. “The PUCO will have to take some action, I expect sooner rather than later, but I hesitate to give any sort of timeframe.”

The counsel’s office wants to stop the charge, which costs the average DP&L customer about $5 a month.

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