Electric rate hearing Monday

SANDUSKY On Monday, customers can put their 2 cents in about a proposed electric rate increase.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

On Monday, customers can put their 2 cents in about a proposed electric rate increase.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will host a public hearing to give residential customers the opportunity to voice their opinion on FirstEnergy's proposed base rate increase.

The proposed increase would raise the average customer's monthly bill by about $3.44.

According to the Ohio Consumer's Council, the FirstEnergy rate increase is unreasonable.

"At this point, we clearly have evidence showing that millions and millions of dollars of what they've proposed in the increase shouldn't be passed on to consumers," said Ryan Lippe, spokesman for the Ohio Consumer's Council.

The base rate increase reflects the increased price of copper wire and other materials, said Ellen Raines, spokeswoman for FirstEnergy.

Ohio Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, has a 99.97 percent service reliability rate, Raines said.

"Our employees work very hard to provide good service to our customers," she added.

Want to go?

WHAT: Public hearing on proposed FirstEnergy rate increase

WHERE: Erie County Office Building, 247 Columbus Ave., commissioner chambers on third floor

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Monday