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Utility rates increasing for BG residents

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BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Bowling Green residents will soon be shelling out more cash for their utilities.

Starting next March, they will see a 5 percent increase because the city is using newer technologies to power their homes.

The increase will come out to about $4 extra per month, but the cost will continue to potentially increase an additional 5 percent ever year until 2018. Half of the extra cost is due to four new hydroelectric projects beginning in 2015 as a way to generate power using water from the river.

The other half is because of capacity charges, which city officials say they have no control over. They say the projects will generate a more environmentally-friendly source of power for the city.

"There's no fuel costs, there's no emissions," said Utilities Director Brian O'Connell. "You're basically just depending on the Ohio River to flow, and if it does, then you'll get energy out of that."

Officials say they decided to level the rate increases over several years to make it more affordable for customers.

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