rate·​pay·​er | \ ˈrāt-ˌpā-ər How to pronounce ratepayer (audio) \

Definition of ratepayer

1 British : taxpayer
2 : one who pays for a utility service and especially electricity according to established rates

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The DWP’s Office of Public Accountability was billed as a watchdog for the ratepayer when voters moved to create the position in 2011. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, "DWP, reeling from scandals and FBI raids, gets a new watchdog office," 13 Sep. 2019 Sadly, his actions call into question his commitment to ratepayers. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: California insurance czar’s troubling first 7 months in office," 23 Aug. 2019 That decision prompted Edison to agree to the $775 million rebate to ratepayers — and $5.4 million in legal fees to Aguirre and Severson. San Diego Union-Tribune, "State utility regulators award $58,000 to group that opposed San Onofre settlement," 20 Aug. 2019 Since that 1957 case, Keco Industries v. Cincinnati & Sururban Bell Telephone Co., business, industrial and residential ratepayers haven’t received any refunds for charges that the Supreme Court determines are wrong. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "PUCO reverses disputed FirstEnergy charge; but customers won’t really get a refund.," 22 Aug. 2019 But Kelly said that such programs also have to be available to participation from low-income ratepayers who may be renting. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "FPL seeks state approval to slash energy-efficiency goals," 12 Aug. 2019 With that effort ground to a halt, the state of Ohio has stepped in to pass a law that will see state ratepayers subsidize a nuclear plant operator. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Hypocritical Ohio law links nuke support to coal subsidies, cuts off renewables," 24 July 2019 But central to the lawsuit, brought by retired parole officer Floy Jones and air-taxi owner Kent Craford, are restrictions on how money paid by Portland’s water and sewer ratepayers may be used. oregonlive.com, "Portland faces lawsuit over sewer utility spending," 15 July 2019 Alabama Power customers do not contribute to ABC trust and no ratepayer money is involved. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Behind on your utility bills? Here’s where you can find help," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of ratepayer

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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