Fixed rate charge increases could make it harder for Ohioans to go solar
Your utility bill is comprised various types of charges. Some of these charges increase or decrease depending upon how much electricity you use. Other charges, known as fixed charges, do not.
Several Ohio utilities including American Electric Power (AEP), Dayton Power & Light (DP&L), Duke Energy, and FirstEnergy have asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to allow them to increase these charges. Doing so would make it more difficult for Ohioans to go solar. This is because making fixed charges a larger percentage of a customer’s utility bill reduces the amount customers can save by using less energy. This is true if they go solar, or simply try to reduce consumption. This is also why fixed rate charge increases penalize low- and fixed-income users who already struggling to pay their utility bills. Raising fixed charges locks customers into paying more.
Fortunately, we can fight back. PUCO is accepting public comment about these proposed changes. You can submit your comment via the PUCO website.
If you are submitting comments, please be sure to use the correct case number that corresponds with your utility.
Duke Energy: 17-0032-EL-AIR
Additionally, PUCO has scheduled several public hearings regarding AEP’s rate increase request. The hearings are an opportunity for attendees to publicly submit their comments.
Tuesday, April 25, 12:30 p.m.
180 East Broad Street, Hearing Room 11-B
Columbus, Ohio 43215