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Groups Ask PUCO to Make Sure Electric Rates Don't "Take a Hike" Too Often

July 23, 2008

Columbus, OH – Nearly two dozen organizations have filed a joint response to plans by Ohio's Public Utilities Commission for new controls on electric rates.

Dave Rinebolt, with Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy, says the proposed rules leave too many loopholes for utility companies to slip through, which could hurt consumers.

"We need to get these rules right so we can afford to pay the bills we'll be getting in January next year."

Rinebolt says consumers need long-range utility rate plans that look at more than just immediate energy costs.

"Then we can start to incorporate energy efficiency and renewables, which are the key to long-term price savings for customers."

According to Rinebolt, the way the Commission has proposed to enforce the law does not go far enough to protect state residents from huge electricity rate increases. Utilities disagree, saying they need the flexibility to be able to adapt to changing market conditions. The state now has two weeks to review all comments on the electricity rules.

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Jim Mishler/Steve Powers, Public News Service - OH