ComEd rate hike ahead – Herald News
May 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
The Illinois Commerce Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a $155.6 million rate hike for ComEd, or about half of the utility’s revised request.
The increase is estimated to cost single-family households an extra $3.15 a month, or $37.80 a year. ComEd’s revised request was for an additional $326.3 million, which would have added about $5 to an average resident’s monthly electric bill. ComEd initially sought a $396 million increase, which would have added $6 to an average monthly electric bill, in June. ComEd revised that request in January.
New rates are to take effect June 1.
The Citizens Utility Board said Tuesday it will petition the ICC to rehear the case, claiming that ComEd owes customers a $40 million rate cut.
The ICC also rejected ComEd’s additional request for a surcharge to fund an urban reinvestment program, a low-income energy assistance program and a test of electric vehicles’ impact on the electric grid. The ICC took the advice of its law judge to deny the request because its cost could not be determined and it failed to meet certain legal standards.
In a separate effort, ComEd is seeking the Illinois Legislature’s approval of a plan in which ComEd could set rates based on a return-on-equity under a shortened review timetable.
ComEd says the proposal will help it modernize the electric grid, improve service reliability and give consumers new ways to manage their energy costs.