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Posted: 5:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

Air Force, DP&L reach $26M deal to save on utility costs

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By Barrie Barber

Staff Writer


The Air Force will contract with Dayton Power and Light Co. under a $26.1 million deal to provide electricity at rates 15 percent less than last year to Wright-Patterson, according to a base spokesman.

The one-year contract between the utility and the Air Force base runs through Dec. 31, 2014, according to the Department of Defense.

Wright-Patterson has a separate, 50-year agreement, signed in 2009, with DP&L to manage the base’s electric utility infrastructure, base spokesman Daryl Mayer said Friday.

The utility has provided electricity to the 8,145-acre installation for years, Mayer said.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved the rate reduction last month in a hearing at the request of both DP&L and Wright-Patterson, PUCO documents show.

PUCO spokesman Jason Gilham said it’s not usual for a utility and a company to file a joint application on electric rates to the state commission.

In the joint application, DP&L and the base reported the revised rate structure would retain more than 25,000 jobs and create 400 new jobs in 2014 at Wright-Patterson, the document said. The base contributes $4.2 billion annually to the local economy, the document said.

Estella Holmes, a base spokeswoman, said PUCO OK’d the sole source contract with DP&L because it was the only source available to provide power to the base.

A DP&L spokesperson was not immediately available for comment late Friday.

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