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State regulators remind residents of upcoming hearings on Duquesne Light rate increase request

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Two public hearings are coming up on a rate increase requested by Duquesne Light.

The state Public Utility Commission will hold the hearings in Pittsburgh and Big Beaver Township on June 14.

The commission voted in April to investigate the company's distribution rate increase request. Duquesne Light has proposed an $81.6 million annual increase to customers, or 16.13 percent.

Under the request, the monthly electric bill for an average residential customer using 600 kilowatt-hours per month would increase from $98.15 to $106.80, an increase of 8.82 percent.

An average commercial customer using 10,000 kilowatt-hours would increase from $984.94 to $1,013.71, or 2.92 percent; an average industrial customer using 200,000 kilowatt-hours would increase from $18,730.50 to $19,165.27, a 2.32 percent increase.

The request was suspended for seven months while the commission determines what, if any, of the requested increases are justified. The commission must issue a final decision by Dec. 20.

Duquesne Light provides electric distribution service to nearly 600,000 residential and business customers in Allegheny and Beaver counties.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, or on Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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