AARP sends thousands of petitions over proposed OG&E rate hike

AARP Oklahoma announced nearly 7,000 petitions will be sent to Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners from OG&E customers asking them to deny OG&E’s proposed $164 million rate hike, which would cost customers approximately $10 per month.

You can watch the press conference on the AARP Oklahoma Facebook page.

OG&E provides energy to Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Broken Arrow and more. There coverage map can be seen here.

AARP Oklahoma said the $164 million utility rate hike is “unreasonable and unfair” and wants the commissioners to reject the rate hike.

OG&E said in statement “If approved, the new rates, which would remain among the lowest in the nation and lower than they were in 2011, could become effective as early as July 2022. We are sensitive to the financial impact on our customers and remain committed to our long track record of providing affordable rates and program offerings to help customers manage both their monthly bill and energy usage.”

The corporation commissioners granted an OG&E rate increase in December 2021 to recover fuel and purchased power costs from the Feb. 2021 winter storm. OG&E says they can’t profit from fuel purchases but those do impact bill costs.

The base rate review currently under consideration by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is not related to fuel costs, according to OG&E. Instead, it addresses investments in transmission, technology, grid reliability and security.

“Our hope is the commissioners will look through the petitions and fully understand the magnitude of their decision should they choose the wants of OG&E over the needs of everyday Oklahomans,” AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl said.

OG&E however siting an increase in demand saying in a statement “Increasing consumer demand for electrification for work from home, life-sustaining equipment and electric vehicles combined with ensuring a reliable, resilient and secure electric grid requires continued investment and innovation.”

To get involved in this petition you can visit action.aarp.org/stopthehike to email or calling (toll-free) 844-981-1701.