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Pennsylvania PUC Probes Rate Requests by Citizens’ Electric and Wellsboro Electric

October 10, 2016 By Cheryl Kaften

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted on October 6 to investigate distribution rate increases (Docket Nos. R-2016-2531550, R-2016-2531551) requested by Citizens’ Electric of Lewisburg and Wellsboro Electric  of Wellsboro.

The commission voted 5-0 to investigate the proposals, which both were filed on August 31, in order to determine the amounts, if any, of the requested increases that are justified.

Citizens’ requested an annual increase in rates of $592,000, or 12.8 percent, over current distribution rates. Under the request, the monthly electric bill for an average residential customer using 1,200 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month would increase from $124.04 to $132.16 (or 6.6 percent).

Citizens’ provides electric distribution service to 5,752 residential customers and 1,127 commercial, industrial and lighting customers in Lewisburg Borough, Buffalo, East Buffalo. and Kelly Townships (Union County); as well as West Chillisquaque Township (Northumberland County).

Wellsboro requested an annual increase in rates of $1 million, or 21.3 percent, over current distribution rates. Under the request, the monthly electric bill for an average residential customer using 700 kilowatt-hours per month would increase from $87.24 to $97.49 (or 11.8 percent).

Wellsboro provides electric distribution service to about 5,800 residential customers and 1,185 commercial and industrial customers in the Borough of Wellsboro (Tioga County).

The requests are suspended for up to seven months and will be assigned to the Office of the Administrative Law Judge for public hearings and recommended decisions or settlements.  Final decision must be made by May 30, 2017.

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