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

Examples of ratepayer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Open up: DeWine joined Attorney General Dave Yost in calling on Energy Harbor and FirstEnergy Corp. to open their books to show whether two nuclear power plants actually need a $1.3 billion ratepayer bailout. cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohioans may have to use masks for awhile: Capitol Letter," 2 Oct. 2020 Miller said the average ratepayer cost in the 11-community drainage district was to be about $25 per house per year for 25 years. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Settlement reached in lawsuit over Fraser sinkhole that swallowed house," 29 Sep. 2020 The Ohio Consumers' Counsel, a ratepayer watchdog, wants to make sure utility customers didn't foot the bill. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Did FirstEnergy spend ratepayer money to secure $1.3B bailout? Ohio consumer watchdog wants to know," 9 Sep. 2020 Lake and Ottawa county commissioners are set to hold a news conference Wednesday to voice their strong opposition to repealing House Bill 6, which provides a $1.3 billion ratepayer bailout of nuclear power plants in each of the two counties. cleveland, "Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose seeks Controlling Board approval for ballot postage: Capitol Letter," 19 Aug. 2020 The resolution approved Wednesday calls for repeal of HB 6, which provided more than $1 billion in ratepayer subsidies for Ohio’s Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland City Council OK’s investigating efforts against CPP, but members want to scrutinize CPP, too," 12 Aug. 2020 Reclaim Our Power, like other climate and environmental justice and ratepayer advocacy groups in PG&E’s service territory, opposed the deal that eventually passed. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Utility Companies’ Deadly Addiction to Profit," 5 Aug. 2020 For example, with a carbon tax, a utility might get dinged for spewing CO2 and then pass those costs on to the ratepayer in the form of a higher bill. Matt Simon, Wired, "Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?," 4 Aug. 2020 The Metropolitan Sewer District and Greater Cincinnati Waterworks will also see furloughs, despite staff there being paid by ratepayers, not out of the general fund. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "City of Cincinnati: Who's furloughed? 1,712 dentists, lawyers and even an assistant health commissioner," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of ratepayer

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ratepayer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratepayer. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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