Duquesne Light asks PUC for rate hike; residential bills would increase 10%
Duquesne Light wants to raise prices across the board, including a 10 percent increase for its average residential customer, the company announced on Friday.
Pennsylvania's Office of Consumer Advocate is likely to file a complaint, triggering a detailed review of the request, said Tanya J. McCloskey, acting consumer advocate. The electricity distribution company is asking for a 17 percent increase in what it charges all of its 584,000 customers for operating the electric grid in most of Allegheny and Beaver counties, she added.
“It is a significant increase,” she said. “We are going to take a good look at this case.”
The company on Friday filed a base-rate increase request with the Public Utility Commission. It wants to bring in an extra $76.3 million, an 11.3 percent increase to its annual revenue, spokesman Joey Vallarian said in a statement.
It plans to upgrade its grid, its customer information system, its vegetation management and Internet security, Vallarian said. Companies often get the best service reviews when they actively communicate with their customers, especially during outages, industry surveys have shown. Duquesne Light hasn't updated its system since the 1990s and wants to offer customers better account access online, Vallarian said.
The average residential customer who doesn't have electric heat will pay about $8 more a month, with a bill of $86, according to the company's data. It will increase the average commercial customer's bill to about $900 a month, up $47. The average large industrial customer will pay $16,680 a month, up $500.
Timothy Puko is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7991 or email@example.com.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.