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Contact: Marty Berkowitz (614) 387-2962
berkowitz@occ.state.oh.us


Opportunity for public testimony on DP&L’s electric rates, on Tues. Jan. 29th

OCC offers customers a free educational webinar to learn more

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jan. 23, 2013 – Customers of Dayton Power & Light Co. (DP&L) will have opportunities at two hearings to speak about the utility’s electric rate proposal. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has scheduled two local public hearings:

Tuesday, January 29th at 1pm AND 6pm
Dayton Municipal Building
Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
101 W. Third Street (Third & Ludlow)
Dayton, OH 45401

DP&L is proposing new rates for the electricity it sells to customers, for the period January 2013 through December 2017. The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) is reviewing the utility’s proposal and will make its own proposal to the PUCO at a later hearing, on behalf of DP&L’s 455,000 residential customers.

OCC will be hosting a webinar on Friday January 25th at 12:30pm to educate consumers about the rate proposal. Consumers interested in attending the webinar should email occ@occ.state.oh.us.

DP&L’s proposal includes two new charges that could increase customers’ bills:

  • “Service Stability Rider”: DP&L is seeking to charge customers an additional $687.5 million during a five-year period. The utility claims the charge is needed to maintain its “financial integrity” due, in part, to customers that have switched to competitive energy marketers for electricity.
  • “Switching Tracker”: DP&L is also asking the PUCO to approve a “switching tracker” charge that would increase as more customers make the decision to switch from DP&L to an energy marketer for electricity.

Under DP&L’s proposal, customers would have to pay both charges to DP&L even if customers purchase their electricity generation from a supplier other than DP&L. OCC opposes both charges and is recommending that the PUCO deny DP&L’s proposals.

Another important issue is DP&L’s proposal to base its charge for electricity on the market price. Currently, the PUCO regulates DP&L’s rate for the generation of electricity. The market price for generating electricity would currently provide customers with a low price. DP&L is proposing that its generation rates would not be completely based on market prices until June 2016. OCC supports a faster shift to market-based rates so that consumers may benefit from currently low energy prices. 

Customers can learn more about DP&L’s proposal through a live webinar hosted by OCC on Friday, January 25th at 12:30pm.  Consumers interested in attending the webinar should email occ@occ.state.oh.us. To find out more about the rate proposal, visit: http://www.pickocc.org/electric/dpl.shtml

To file an online public comment about the case, consumers can visit the PUCO website’s Docketing Information System located at http://dis.puc.state.oh.us/. Type in case number 12-0426 in the upper right-hand corner to access the case docket. Then click on the “File a Public Comment” link and follow the instructions for sending a comment.  

Consumers can also write to the PUCO. Letters should include the customer’s name and address, and reference “DP&L Case #12-0426.” The PUCO’s mailing address is:

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio - Docketing Division
ATTN: Case No. 12-0426
180 E. Broad Street, 11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3793

 

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The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC), the residential utility consumer advocate, represents the interests of 4.5 million households in proceedings before state and federal regulators and in the courts. The state agency also educates consumers about electric, natural gas, telephone and water issues. For more information, please visit the OCC website at www.pickocc.org.
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