Residential customers will pay at least $4 more per month as a result of AES Ohio’s request to develop an electric security plan, according to statements made Thursday night at a public hearing before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Electric security plans, or ESPs, determine the cost and availability of generation services and may also include expenses related to distribution system improvements, grid modernization, economic development, and employment preservation programs.
At the hearing, about twenty AES Ohio clients were present. Four of them spoke out on the ESP, which, according to Rob Beeler, economic development lead for AES Ohio, “is designed to offer pricing stability and reliability to the customers,” to the PUCO officials. Customers’ rates can go up a little bit.
Karl Biermann of Centerville was not pleased to hear that, adding that AES Ohio had not hiked his monthly rate in a year, according to Haley Kosik of News Center 7.
He admitted to the two PUCO officers, “Since then, my family and I generally turned off the air conditioning last summer and allowed temperatures in our home to reach the low 80s.” I’m having an extremely hard time paying my utility costs, said Kathleen Golt, who claimed to be on a fixed income.
The Miami Valley Community Action Partnership’s chief policy officer, Keelie Gustin, stated that although failure to pay a single utility bill or a string of utility bills may not have been the only factor driving families from their homes, she can assure you that these kinds of circumstances contribute to the chaos that is poverty in the areas that AES and her organization serve. The Dayton Development Coalition supports AES Ohio’s plan.
Officials from AES Ohio applied on September 26, 2022, asking to create an ESP for a three-year term starting on July 1 of the current year and ending on June 30, 2026.
The application states that AES Ohio would require the provision of “standard service offer” electric generation. The pricing for electric generation service for consumers who do not take part in a government aggregation program or choose a retail electric supplier on their own is referred to as a standard service offer, also known as a default rate.
The hearing took place on Thursday night in the Dayton Municipal Building’s downtown Commission rooms. After considering public comments, the state agency will decide on the AES Ohio application, according to PUCO officials.
You can still send written comments to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio, 43215 if you were unable to use the microphone or attend the hearing. Reference case docket number 22-900-EL-SSO in the comments.
You can find a copy of AES Ohio’s application and the entry setting up the public hearing at www.PUCO.ohio.gov by searching for case 22-900-EL-SSO under “Docketing Information System” and clicking on the links.
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