For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO schedules local public hearings for Duke Energy Ohio distribution rate cases

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 18, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today scheduled four local public hearings to provide the public an opportunity to express their views regarding Duke Energy Ohio’s applications to increase rates for electric and natural gas distribution services. The hearings are scheduled as follows:

The evidentiary hearing for the electric rate case will be begin March 25, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the PUCO offices in Columbus, and the evidentiary hearing for the natural gas rate case will begin at the conclusion of the electric hearing.

On July 9, 2012, Duke filed separate applications to increase rates for both electric and natural gas distribution rates. Duke is seeking to increase electric distribution revenues by $86,581,974, or approximately 24.02 over current revenues. Duke is also seeking to increase natural gas distribution revenues by $44,607,929, or approximately 18.09 percent over current revenues.

The PUCO staff filed its reports of investigation in each case on Jan. 4, 2013.

While the Commission is considering these applications separately, those who testify at the local public hearing may offer comments on both electric and natural gas cases and their testimony will be added to both case records.

Customers may also submit comments online or by mail addressed to 180 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215. Correspondence should include the electric and/or natural gas case numbers 12-1682-EL-AIR and 12-1687-GA-AIR, respectively.

Electric case

Natural gas

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business, and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

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