Pielli urges residents to participate in PUC’s June 10 PECO rate increase public input hearing

WEST CHESTER, May 30 – State Rep. Chris Pielli, D-Chester, is urging local PECO electric and natural gas consumers to participate in an upcoming public input hearing arranged with the Public Utility Commission regarding the energy company’s request to the PUC to raise its rates.

“Customers deserve to have a voice at the table,” Pielli said. “This rate increase can make life that much harder for our neighbors.”

According to Pielli, PECO asked the PUC on March 28 to increase rates for electric ($575 million more per year) and natural gas ($111 million more per year) distribution services. If the rate increase is approved, consumers will be paying significantly more, according to information from the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate.

The in-person hearing for Chester County residents will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, June 10 at the Kennett Square Borough Building located at 600 S. Broad St. Pre-registration is not required to testify at an in-person public hearing. There will be a sign-up sheet in the hearing room.

Interested residents are encouraged to visit the PUC’s website at puc.pa.gov for tips on offering testimony at public input hearings, along with how to handle any exhibits people wish to submit during testimony. People with questions may contact Pielli’s office by calling 610-696-4990 or by emailing reppielli@pahouse.net with “PECO rate increase hearing” in the subject line.