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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Selling at below-market for housing might be thought of as losing ratepayer money. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Surplus City Light properties could be sold below market value for low-income housing," 30 July 2018 The purpose of the sale is simple: Consolidate services and streamline operations to spare ratepayers the increases forced by duplication and inefficiencies. Anchorage Daily News, "Proposed ML&P sale makes sense for Anchorage," 14 Jan. 2018 One way or another, plaintiffs and their attorneys will be compensated by ratepayers. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "How to Keep the Lights on in California," 9 Jan. 2019 Renewables are on the rise in the West, popular with politicians, cities, corporations, and ordinary ratepayers. David Roberts, Vox, "For the first time, a major US utility has committed to 100% clean energy," 5 Dec. 2018 In 2003, the state Supreme Court ruled that City Light couldn’t charge ratepayers for streetlights, even though the Legislature had given the utility the statutory authority to do so. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Surplus City Light properties could be sold below market value for low-income housing," 30 July 2018 The refiners’ lobby pushed model legislation that would prevent regulated utilities from charging ratepayers to create a charging network. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Oil, Utilities Fight to Fuel Vehicles of the Future," 15 July 2018 Their motive for business is profits for shareholders, not safety for ratepayers. Russell Gold, WSJ, "PG&E Shares Surge on Hopes of State Support," 16 Nov. 2018 Regardless, environmentalists seized on the moment as evidence that investing in desalination isn’t a good deal for ratepayers. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's efforts to divest from rival L.A. water agency have driven up rates for residents. Is it worth it?," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of ratepayer

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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