Time is almost up to voice your concerns on proposed I&M rate hike

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Shirley Ring said the last thing she needs is another increase in her electric bill.

Posted: Aug 13, 2019 8:49 AM
Updated: Aug 13, 2019 8:49 AM

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smart meters and facility upgrades for indiana michigan power could be hitting customers in the pockets.and some residents aren't too happy.if you haven't spoken up yet, now would be the time to do so.fox 55's jentill neal tells us why. shirley ring says the last thing she needs is another increase in her electric bill. <shirley ring// 19:31:28-19:31:40"i do not like it. we pay enough now. the house is all electric. we pay enough as it is." with the proposed rate hike, indiana- michigan power customers could pay more than $21 a month than they do now. that goes for anyone using 1,000 kilowatt hours a month.the regular fixed charge of $10.50 would increase to $15.00 no matter how much customers like ring try to cut back on air and heat.19:32:59-19:33:02"400 has been the most expensive. that's been the highest bill we've had."i-and-m says the increase would grow its annual operating revenues by 172 million to help cover the costs of maintenance and improvements -- such as new smart meters.it also means ring's 180.00 bill would go to somewhere in the 200 range. ring's daughter cindy says they're debating whether to move from their house of 20 years because they're on a fixed income. 19:37:38-19:37:48 "if they go on raising it 21.00 a month, and we don't get our credit until august now come next year, we won't get it until september and it's not going to help us any." this would be the second increase in two years. indiana michigan power received approval for a rate hike last year.the indiana utility commission had public hearings in july but there's still time for those who want to be heard. state regulators are open to receiving comments and suggestions until tomorrow.in fort wayne, jentill neal fox 55 news
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