PUC Approves Several Utility Plans to Return Nearly $62 Million in Additional Federal Tax Savings to Customers

Savings from Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to be Refunded as Monthly Credits on Customer Bills

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HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved plans on Nov. 18 submitted by several utilities to distribute accumulated tax savings associated with the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 which had not been previously addressed, the commission said in a release.

The Commission voted 3-0 to approve petitions filed by Peoples Gas Company, Pennsylvania Power Company (Penn Power), Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed), Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) and West Penn Power Company to distribute tax savings that accumulated during the period of Jan. 1, 2018, through June 30, 2018, along with and interest.

Under the plans approved today, the utilities will be returning the following accumulated tax savings and interest to their customers during the coming year:

Peoples Gas – $3,723,470
Penn Power – $5,602.115
Met-Ed – $18,482,825
Penelec – $19,005,569
West Penn Power – $14,967,620

The Commission noted that in each of these situations the additional tax savings being returned to customers during 2022 will temporarily increase the utilities’ current TCJA surcharge/credit, which are also being used to return ongoing tax savings to customers.

The tax savings addressed in these utility plans accumulated before the PUC instituted a statewide process in 2018 to return utility tax savings to customers. Per the Commission’s order, any utility that had not filed a base rate case on or before May 17, 2021, was required to submit a plan to address and return any tax savings that had accumulated between Jan. 1, 2018, and June 30, 2018.