Duke Energy Ohio rate increase approved

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)

Thousands of Duke Energy Ohio customers will be paying more on their monthly bills.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved Duke's 2.9% rate hike for electric distribution on Wednesday, affecting nearly 610,000 customers.

The electric hike totals $49 million. A separate case related to natural gas distribution rates is still pending.

Duke officials say on average, the increase will cost consumers an extra $3.72 per month.

The hike was introduced to help pay for Duke's rising costs of service.

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