rate·​pay·​er ˈrāt-ˌpā-ər How to pronounce ratepayer (audio)
British : taxpayer
: 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 But the regulators stopped short of placing a moratorium on turn-offs as called for by the Office of People’s Counsel, which advocates for the state’s ratepayers. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 19 June 2024 Eversource complains that the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has been slow to approve the recovery of $635 million in storm costs incurred from 2018 through 2021, as well as $400 million in uncollected bills from ratepayers. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 3 May 2024 We Energies is seeking an additional $359 million from ratepayers in 2025 and 2026 to fill a revenue shortfall driven largely by the cost of its investments in solar energy construction and grid resiliency improvements. Karl Ebert, Journal Sentinel, 16 Apr. 2024 But CenterPoint is the smallest electric utility, meaning the higher return comes out of the pockets of fewer ratepayers. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for ratepayer 

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ratepayer was in 1845

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“Ratepayer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratepayer. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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