Ohio Recommends $1.25 Billion Write-off for Centerior

Fortnightly Magazine - June 15 1996
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The Ohio Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has granted rate increases for Toledo Edison Co. and the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. (subsidiaries of Centerior Energy Corp.) in the full amount requested, but at the same time has recommended that Centerior remove from its regulatory books $1.25 billion in electric utility assets over a five-year period. The order approved rate increases of 4.86 and 4.17 percent for Cleveland Electric and Toledo Edison, reflecting an authorized 12.69-percent return on equity.

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The PUC found a write-off necessary given Centerior's failure to address its declining financial and market position, making its rates "uncompetitive" despite PUC-sanctioned accounting deferrals and cost-containment measures. It cited the modest rate request (much lower than Centerior's proven $750-million revenue deficiency) as evidence of the company's "concession to competitive pressures."

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