Duke Energy Seeks Rate Increase In Ohio
(Hamilton County, Oh.) – Duke Energy customers in southwest Ohio could be paying more for their electricity and gas service next year.
The utility company has asked the Ohio Public Utilities Commission for an $86.6 million increase in electric rates and $44.6 million in natural gas rates to take effect in 2013. About 690,000 Duke customers in Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Preble, Montgomery and Warren counties would be affected.
The proposal would mean for a $6.50 monthly hike for the typical residential customer’s electric rates and $8.20 increase for gas customers.
Duke executives say the rate hikes will pay for upgrades to their distribution systems.