Residents on fixed incomes object to PPL request for rate increase

From the Patriot News:

John Erickson has cut his electrical use at home as much as possible, from using compact fluorescent light bulbs to setting the heat at 65 in the winter. Short of “not using any lights whatsoever,” he said he and his wife can do nothing more.

“We’re pretty much at the far bottom of what we can cut,” said the retired educator from Hampden Township.

Erickson was one of five people speaking against PPL Electric Utilities’ proposed $114.7 million distribution rate increase at a sparsely attended Public Utility Commission hearing in Harrisburg on Wednesday evening.

The PUC can’t regulate rates for electricity supply since deregulation began in January — they’re now determined in the open market — but utilities must get approval to raise rates charged for transmitting electricity across power lines or distributing it to homes and businesses.

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