Press Release

ELPC Disappointed in Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Decision in Columbia Gas of Ohio Case

Move will hike fixed customer charge by $20 a month, cancel energy efficiency programs for 1.4 million customers

STATEMENT BY ROBERT KELTER, SENIOR ATTORNEYENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY CENTER

“ELPC is very disappointed in the Commission’s decision today. Raising the fixed customer charge to $58 per month guarantees utility profits at the expense of consumers. It particularly hurts low-income customers who typically use less gas. The Commission made matters worse by also approving Columbia’s cancelation of all but one low-income energy efficiency programs that help customers lower bills. This decision will cause many customers to face increased difficulties paying their bills.”

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