More than eight in ten respondents are concerned with the cost of their electricity going up. Oklahoma residents overwhelmingly oppose proposed rate increases and additional charges on their electric bills such as the customer charge. The customer charge is a fixed monthly charge that customers pay before they use any electricity. Nearly 80 percent oppose the rate increase (79%) or a customer charge increase (80%) on their electricity bill to cover operating costs.
Key findings include the following:
- Nearly nine in ten (87%) of Oklahoma likely voters oppose a proposal to double the customer charge from $13 to $27.
- Eight in ten (80%) of Oklahoma likely voters oppose a proposal to implement a demand charge which is an additional charge on their bill based on the peak amount of electricity they use.
- More than eight in ten (85%) also oppose the implementation of an interim rate increase while the electricity company waits for approval by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
The 2017 Oklahoma Omni Survey of Likely Voters Age 18-Plus on Electric Utility Rates was an omnibus telephone study among 440 likely voters about issues regarding electric utility rates. Interviews were conducted by SoonerPoll from December 19-December 21, 2016. For more information contact Cassandra Cantave at CCantave@aarp.org.