Pennsylvania Power and Light is looking to bring in more money and a lot of people are not happy about it. In March, PPL asked the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to allow a 16.5% increase in its distribution rates to keep up with repairs. The utility commission says it's heard from many consumers who are unhappy.
"A lot of consumers are just expressing that rate increases are just not the thing to be doing right now in this economy," says Jennifer Kocher of PUC.
PUC says it will go through the 'rate making process' which includes public hearings to get feedback from consumers. Kocher says once PUC gets numerous complaints, they begin investigating which could take about seven months.
PPL says an average person's utility bill would go up about $7 dollars.
The utility company says it needs the money to repair its system after the severe weather we had this past year - about $25 million dollars in all.