Disappointing Turnout At Public Hearing For Duquesne Light’s Rate Increase

A public hearing to challenge Duquesne Light’s recent proposal for an increase in consumer rates took place Thursday evening at the Park Inn in Big Beaver Borough. If approved, Duquesne Light customers will see a 9 percent increase on average, while commercial users will see their rates increase by 3 percent.
Yet despite the fact that about 600,000 area customers will be affected if the state’s Public Utility Commission approves the rate increase, only two of those 600,000 spoke at Thursday night’s meeting. One of them was retired Beaver resident David Aitken, who publicly spoke on behalf of AARP members in Beaver County in disapproval of Duquesne Light’s plan:
The PUC also held a public hearing early Thursday in downtown Pittsburgh. A final decision by the PUC is required by December 20.