PSO requesting rate hike, customers upset

PSO requesting rate hike, customers upset

Posted: Updated:
HUGO -

In many areas in Oklahoma, PSO runs the electric lines.

Now the company wants a rate hike to pay for new smart meter connections to those lines.

Howard Houchen is a PSO customer who says he was told the new smart meters will save him money.

He doesn't see it that way.

"This will not be the end of the rate hikes," says Houchen.

"It's increase after increase after increase. With these rate increases, tell me how we're supposed to save money."

According to PSO, the meters will give customers more information about how much electricity costs them, allowing them to reduce usage, especially during peak hours.

In a request to the Corporation Commission, PSO is asking for an average hike of 4.31 percent for a residential customer, or about 4 extra dollars a month. A limited use residential customer could see a hike of 9.45 percent, or $7.30 a month.

Fox 25 Legal Analyst David Slane says the move leaves consumers without a choice.

"PSO doesn't give their utility customers the right to opt out, to choose not to have smart meters so they're stuck with a smart meter many of them didn't want," Slane said.

PSO said in a statement rates have not been increased since 2010, and said the rates some of the lowest in the country. Since then, it's spent half a billion dollars in infrastructure improvements and still never raised prices.

Houchen says after this, more increases are still to come.

"This is a waste of dollars. Utility companies will be able to save money by basically firing meter readers now and they're going to save the money, We are stuck with a rate increase and this isn't the first one."

  • More HeadlinesMore>>

  • "I'm pregnant": Man, 80, to be charged for killing intruder claiming to be pregnant

    "I'm pregnant": Man, 80, to be charged for killing intruder claiming to be pregnant

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:00 AM EDT2014-07-28 09:00:02 GMT
    (CNN) -- Tom Greer says he fought back when he was attacked by intruders at his Southern California home. Then he got his gun and fired at them and they ran. The 80-year-old homeowner says one of the fleeing burglars, a woman, shouted, "I'm pregnant!" He shot her twice, killing her. The woman was not pregnant, Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office told CNN on Friday. The district attorney will decide whether Greer will face criminal charges. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnel...
    (CNN) -- Tom Greer says he fought back when he was attacked by intruders at his Southern California home. Then he got his gun and fired at them and they ran. The 80-year-old homeowner says one of the fleeing burglars, a woman, shouted, "I'm pregnant!" He shot her twice, killing her. The woman was not pregnant, Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office told CNN on Friday. The district attorney will decide whether Greer will face criminal charges. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnel...
  • Radar captures mayfly swarm on Mississippi River

    Radar captures mayfly swarm on Mississippi River

    Sunday, July 27 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-07-27 22:16:59 GMT
    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and other surfaces, and leave behind a slimy mess.
    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and other surfaces, and leave behind a slimy mess.
  • 3 days on, no arrests in hunt for carjack killers

    3 days on, no arrests in hunt for carjack killers

    Sunday, July 27 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-07-27 20:05:12 GMT
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The hunt for two Philadelphia carjackers who rammed their stolen SUV into a family, killing three children, has entered its third day, with investigators saying they're hopeful the suspects will soon be caught.
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The hunt for two Philadelphia carjackers who rammed their stolen SUV into a family, killing three children, has entered its third day, with investigators saying they're hopeful the suspects will soon be caught.
  • FOX25 Slideshows

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
Compiling list...
  • FOX 25 FeaturesMore>>

  • Tell Me Something Good

    Tell Me Something Good

    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
  • Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOKH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.