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PUC Public Input Hearings for $503 Million Electric Rate Increase Proposed by FirstEnergy

PUC Public Input Hearings for $503 Million Electric Rate Increase Proposed by FirstEnergy

by Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

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The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) is reminding consumers about a statewide series of hearings in late June and early July to gather public input on the rate increases proposed by FirstEnergy Pennsylvania Electric Company (FirstEnergy).

The utility is seeking an annual increase in revenues of $503,848,000 (34%) for electric distribution services provided to customers in the Med-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power, and West Penn Power Rate Districts, which serve about 2.1 million customers in 56 counties across the Commonwealth.

PUC Public Input Hearings

In-person hearings have been scheduled for the following dates and locations:

Additionally, telephonic public input hearings have been scheduled for the following dates and times:

Administrative Law Judge Gail M. Chiodo and/or Administrative Law Judge Katrina L. Dunderdale will preside over the various in-person and telephonic public input hearings.

Pre-Register for the Telephonic Input Hearings

If you wish to testify at one of the telephonic public input hearings, you are encouraged to pre-register by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2024.  If you do not pre-register and provide the necessary information, you may not have an opportunity to testify.

To pre-register by email, contact Judge Dunderdale’s Legal Assistant, Mary Swarner, at [email protected] and provide the following:

To pre-register by phone, please contact Judge Dunderdale’s office at 412-565-3550 and leave a message providing the following:

If you do not wish to testify but want to listen to the public input hearing(s), please contact Judge Dunderdale’s office by email at [email protected] or by phone at 412-565-3550 and provide your name and the hearing(s) you want to listen to ensure adequate caller capacity on the conference bridge to accommodate all callers.

Hearing Exhibits 

If you have any hearing exhibits you wish to refer to during the telephonic hearings, please email them to Judge Dunderdale’s Legal Assistant, Mary Swarner, at [email protected]. The legal assistant will forward the exhibits to the Judge and all parties. Exhibits must be received by Tuesday, July 9, 2024.

Requests for Interpreters

If you require an interpreter, please contact the PUC’s Office of Administrative Law Judge (OALJ) at 412-565-3550 or via email at [email protected] as soon as possible. If you contact OALJ too close to the hearing date, there may not be enough time to arrange for an interpreter. If you request an interpreter, every reasonable effort will be made to have one present.

Offering Testimony at a Public Input Hearing

The PUC offers tips on how to participate in a public input hearing, including:

FirstEnergy Rate Increase Requests

The rate increase proposal filed by FirstEnergy requests the following rate changes for their four rate districts:

A final PUC decision on the FirstEnergy rate increase request is due by Jan. 1, 2025.