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Byline: Ed Richter
June 08--CINCINNATI -- Duke Energy Ohio filed a notice with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on Thursday of its intention to increase distribution rates customers paying for electric service by $86 million, and for natural gas service by $44 million. If approved, the average rates for residential customers would increase by 6.6 percent for electricity and 9 percent for natural gas. Commercial and industrial customers would see an average increase of 4.6 percent for electricity and 3.7 percent for natural gas. If approved, the revised rates are expected to be implemented in early 2013, said Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan.