Sep. 27—An operating plan filed by electric utility AES Ohio Monday would, if approved, impose new costs on a residential customer using 750 kilowatt hours (kWh) a month of less than $1, as an "initial impact" — before rising to $4 a month in new costs, the utility said late Monday.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average U.S. residential customer uses about 909 kWh per month. In Ohio, the average is closer to 892 kWh a month.
AES Ohio, the former Dayton Power & Light, filed its latest Electric Security Plan (also called an "ESP") with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Monday.
The projected increased cost of less than $1 per month would be the plan's "initial impact," AES Ohio said.
A spokeswoman for AES Ohio initially said in an interview the proposal does not entail a further increase in charges as the ESP term progresses. In a later email, however, she amended that to say that the plan's "projected impact across the three-year term of the ESP is about $4 a month for an AES Ohio residential customer using 750 kWh." The Dayton Daily News has requested an interview with company leaders about the plan.
The company's ESP is a "comprehensive plan to enhance and upgrade its network and improve service reliability, provide greater safeguards for price stability and continue investments in local economic development," the company said.
"We understand, first and foremost, our customers want reliable service while maintaining affordable rates," AES Ohio President and Chief Executive Kristina Lund said in a release from the company. "With the lowest distribution rates in Ohio, this plan provides a mechanism to strengthen reliability well into the future and protect our customers from volatile market-driven cost impacts."
The plan has energy efficiency programs for residential and low-income customers, which include ways to save by using "smart" thermostat technology, the utility said. And it includes "new pricing incentives" to promote the growth of local businesses, the company said.
"This plan is thoughtfully designed to best serve our customers, reaffirms our commitment to the community and accelerates the future of energy," Lund said.
A spokesman for PUCO said Tuesday morning he had not yet seen the proposed ESP. He said it may have been filed late Monday.
The process for considering a newly filed ESP involves consideration by PUCO staff members, who make a recommendation to commission members. There will be formal evidentiary hearings before the commission votes on the plan.
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