It takes a lot of equipment and people to power our lives every second of every day. Your electric service is regulated by the State of Ohio to make sure your rates are fair and DP&L can continue providing you with reliable service. Ohio requires us to provide your pricing and terms of service in the form of tariffs. Tariffs are simply the stated price and terms for your electric service.
Which Tariffs Apply to Me?
Tariffs regarding terms of service such as metering and billing apply to everyone, while tariffs containing pricing are unique to you. Multiple tariffs make up your bill each month. You can use your rate number (found on your monthly bill) to find out which tariffs apply to you and calculate your bill by referencing your tariffs.*
* If you receive your electric generation from an Alternative Generation Supplier, you are not charged bypassable fees noted in the tariffs. Instead, you are charged similar fees by the Alternative Generation Supplier. Learn more about Alternative Generation Suppliers and Ohio Electric Choice.
What Changes with the Transmission Tariff in 2014?
The Transmission Cost Recovery Rider (TCRR) is a rate that reflects the transmission-related costs DP&L is charged by its Regional Transmission Organization (RTO). An RTO ensures electric reliability and coordinates the operation of electric transmission systems across several states. Ohio’s deregulation laws required DP&L to join an RTO. DP&L is a member of the PJM RTO which operates across much of the Midwest and Eastern United States.
Before 2014, the TCRR was avoidable by customers who had switched suppliers. However, alternate suppliers were responsible for paying PJM for the use of the transmission system. Therefore, the alternate supplier may have included a fee similar to this in the price they charged.
Beginning January 2014, a portion of the TCRR is no longer avoidable. This change is in accordance with a proposal filed by DP&L and approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (see DP&L’s Electric Security Plan, Case No. 12-426-EL-SSO et al.). As of January 2014, alternate suppliers are no longer responsible for certain transmission-related charges. DP&L has become responsible for these charges, and has instituted a new rider (TCRR-N) to recover these costs from all distribution customers. Customers who have switched suppliers will see an increase in charges from DP&L and should see a related decrease in charges from their supplier. Customers are encouraged to discuss this change with their supplier.