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Chambersburg electric customers to see rate decrease

June 20, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, PA.-- Chambersburg borough electric customers are receiving a 7.5 percent rate decrease retroactively effective June 1.

The Chambersburg Borough Council voted unanimously last week to accept the rate decrease. Its decision closely mirrored a proposal unveiled June 9, except a second rate decrease planned for the fall will be voted on in September.

Council President William McLaughlin said customers will receive the rate change automatically and they should expect their bills to look mostly the same.

"Hopefully the only thing that'll look different is the bottom line," he said.

Borough officials said income exceeded expenses for the borough's electric department. They said they wanted to treat the slumped economy as an emergency situation in which they'd pass along some of the financial good fortune.

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Chambersburg buys and generates power and sells its excess onto the grid.

McLaughlin previously said the first rate reduction would save the average residential customer with electric heat about $118 a year.

The results of that decrease will be evaluated after the summer, then the council will decide whether to proceed with a second reduction, he said.

"I've had positive calls from a couple of residents, thanking us for looking out for them," McLaughlin said of reactions to the plan.

The borough has approximately 11,120 electric customers, Electric Department Superintendent Ronald Pezon said in a previous interview.

Also approved was an initiative through which each customer can get one compact fluorescent light bulb free of charge to encourage energy conservation and efficiency.

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