PUCO staff amends proposed DP&L rates

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 10:45 AM

DP&L operates Killen Station, a coal and combustion turbine facility in Wrightsville, Ohio in Adams County.
DP&L operates Killen Station, a coal and combustion turbine facility in Wrightsville, Ohio in Adams County.

Staff for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) are recommending a revenue increase for Dayton Power & Light of about $23.2 million to $28.1 million a year, while also calling for cuts in plant equipment costs of nearly $102 million.

According to a recommendation filed by PUCO staff on Tuesday, a customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of (kWh) electricity per month would see a bill increase of $4.11. 

But that’s not accurate, a PUCO spokesman said Wednesday. 

Staff corrected the earlier estimate Wednesday, saying the previous filing did not calculate in the staff’s recommended revenue requirement of $23 million to $28 million for DP&L.

 “We can say simply that if PUCO staff recommendations are approved, (monthly) rates would fall by 39 cents for a 1,000 kWh user, compared to the level distribution rates are at today,” said Matt Schilling, a spokesman for the PUCO.

In 2016, the average annual electricity use for a U.S. residential customer was 10,766 kWh, an average of 897 kWh every month, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Earlier, Schilling also said that DP&L has proposed a fixed customer charge of $13.73 while PUCO staff has recommended just $7.88.

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A spokeswoman for DP&L on Tuesday said the company is reviewing the recommendation now.

In October 2015, DP&L first applied to PUCO for an increase in distribution rates across its entire 24-county West Central Ohio service area.

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The utility said its base rate for maintaining distribution equipment such as poles and wires has not changed since 1991.

A PUCO spokesman said hearings on the recommendation will take place this spring, but none had been scheduled as of Tuesday. 

The next steps in the process include opportunities for parties in the case to file objections before the five-member PUCO issues its own order and opinion. And there could be further appeals after that. 

PUCO staff also recommended a reduction in DP&L “plant in service” costs, or costs tied to the “surviving original cost of the plant that is used and useful, or projected to be used and useful.”

Echoing the findings of an audit, PUCO staff recommended a reduction in such costs of $101.6 million. It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday where that kind of reduction in costs would fall or how it would be implemented.

The filing also excluded the “employee fitness equipment from the MacGregor Park Office (DP&L’s headquarters off Woodman Drive) and various Dayton Power & Light service centers” since these facilities “are not used and useful in the provision of utility service.”

A 2017 audit included in the filing said the company’s MacGregor Park headquarters building is “underutilized,” with about 135 employees. 

Last month, DP&L told the state it intends of lay off about 60 Montgomery County employees. 

In total, staff recommended a reduction in “plant in service” costs of about $101.9 million.

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Southwest adding new flight at Cincinnati airport

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 11:28 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:18 PM

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Southwest Airlines is adding another new flight at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Southwest Airlines’ new nonstop service from Cincinnati/Northern International Airport to Denver, Colorado (DEN) will begin Aug. 7. The new route will operate daily year round with Boeing 737 aircraft using a combination of 143 and 175 seat configurations.

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“This new route continues our growth in the region and adds more time saving itineraries to Denver and destinations in the western half of the United States,” said Dave Harvey, Southwest Airlines’ managing director of corporate sales. “Every flight on Southwest Airlines offers travelers the ability to change flights without paying change fees.”

Denver will be the third daily year-round destination served by Southwest at CVG. 


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Good Sam announces it’s closing before September

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:24 PM


Good Samaritan Hospital will close before Aug. 29.

Premier Health, which operates the northwest Dayton hospital, announced in January that Good Samaritan would close before the end of the year and today gave a tighter time frame for the closure.

“While we had initially communicated a closing toward the end of the year, we did say that some dynamics could result in a different closure date, due to the unpredictability and complexity that understandably comes with such transitions,” Premier stated.

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Premier said it will give an exact date in the coming months.

When the Philadelphia Drive hospital closes down, it will move 1,600 jobs out of the northwest Dayton neighborhood where it has served as an anchor for nearly a century.

The main campus will be torn down after the hospital closes. City Wide Development and Planning NEXT, a design firm based in Columbus, are working with Premier on a plan for the site and the first public meetings on the site’s future are today.

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Area company that makes writing ‘glow sticks’ for the military lands state funds

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 4:54 PM


A Springboro maker of pressure-activated chemiluminescent writing devices that can be used by soldiers on the battlefield or police in the field received state money Thursday to help move the new technology out of the lab and into the marketplace.

The Ohio Third Frontier Commission approved $2.1 million for several companies and schools to move new technologies out of the lab and into the marketplace. Many of these innovative products could advance medicine and improve outcomes for patients.

“We are helping to advance these technologies and get them to market where they can make a difference,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency and chair of the Ohio Third Frontier Commission.

Battle Sight Technologies in Springboro was awarded $100,000 to build, test and scale up manufacturing for a new prototype of its pressure-activated chemiluminescent writing device. It’s a glow stick you can write with, according to the company.

Battle Sight Technologies was started by Nick Ripplinger and Bennett Tanton in August 2017.

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Former DP&L power plants to lay off 370 workers in Ohio

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:52 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 1:54 PM


AES Ohio Generation, formerly Dayton Power & Light, will lay off approximately 370 workers in Aberdeen and Manchester at two power plants.

The company is permanently closing two generation plant facilities located at 745 US 52 in Aberdeen and Killen Station located at 14869 US 52 in Manchester. This will also result in the closure of a training center located in Manchester, according to a notice sent to state officials.

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The company anticipates these facilities will close by June 1, but the expected layoff date could be earlier. About 260 of the 370 workers are part of Utility Workers Union of America Local 175.

The closures were previously announced last March. A company spokeswoman said they are “proactively managing workforce transitions related to the closure of these generation units,” including contributing $2 million for the purpose of workforce development and job retraining in Adams County. The company will also offer employment services including interview preparation and resume editing for impacted employees.

The plan closings also come years into what has been seen as a challenging environment for coal. The Obama administration put forward its plan for reducing national dependency on coal, called the Clean Power Plan, but the plan is being contested in courts, and the new Trump administration is seen as more open to coal usage.

The two power generation stations — known as the Killen and Stuart stations — have been operated since the 1970s. DP&L owns 5,500 acres in Adams County, controlling seven miles of Ohio River-facing property.


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