17 util­i­ties to re­duce dis­tri­bu­tion charges

The Republican Herald - - STATE -

HAR­RIS­BURG (AP) — The Penn­syl­va­nia Pub­lic Util­ity com­mis­sion is or­der­ing 17 util­i­ties to lower dis­tri­bu­tion rates as a re­sult of fed­eral tax-cut­ting leg­is­la­tion signed in De­cem­ber by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

The com­mis­sion said Thurs­day that the elec­tric, nat­u­ral gas, and wa­ter and waste­water util­i­ties see­ing lower tax li­a­bil­i­ties will start re­duc­ing rates July 1.

The to­tal reduction is about $320 mil­lion over 12 months, or about 4 per­cent of the $7.8 bil­lion in dis­tri­bu­tion charges the agency pre­vi­ously had au­tho­rized the 17 util­i­ties to charge for the year.

The dis­tri­bu­tion charge is dis­tinct from the us­age charge. The reduction varies by util­ity, and is ex­pected to range from 0.56 per­cent to 8.55 per­cent off a cus­tomer’s dis­tri­bu­tion charge.

Seven other util­i­ties cur­rently have rate cases in front of the com­mis­sion.

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