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Stop Pepco’s and Delmarva’s Unfair Utility Rate Hikes

AARP Maryland briefed about 1,800 Pepco and Delmarva customers in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Maryland’s Eastern Shore counties on the unfair rate hike requests from Pepco and Delmarva during town halls held April 22, 23 and 26, 2012.

See also: Affordable Utilities Now

“What Pepco and Delmarva are asking from consumers is ridiculous,” said AARP Maryland Associate State Director of Advocacy Tammy Bresnahan.

In December 2011, Pepco and Delmarva filed for rate increases with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). AARP formally intervened in these rate cases in January 2012 on behalf of the 530,000 customers Pepco serves in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and the 200,000 customers Delmarva serves in Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

Pepco is requesting a $67.6 million increase. Delmarva is asking for a $24.3 million increase. Both claim to need the rate hike to cover expenses for service reliability improvements and customer care programs.

“It’s absurd: why should you pay Pepco and Delmarva more of your hard earned money for what you should be receiving in the first place,” said Bresnahan?

Pepco was fined a record-setting $1 million in December 2011 for failure to provide reliable service. Now the utility is looking for higher rates while its customers are still looking for better service.

Delmarva customers, like others across the state, are facing higher than ever utility bills and the utility wants higher profits.

What You Can Do

Join the fight for improved reliability and fair rates for  customers. Tell the Public Service Commission to oppose the Delmarva and Pepco multimillion-dollar rate hikes.

You can also write to:

David J. Collins, Executive Secretary
Maryland Public Service Commission
William Donald Schaefer Tower
6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Written comments may be filed by Friday, June 15, 2012 for the Delmarva Case No. 9285. Written comments may be filed by Wednesday, June 20, 2012 for the Pepco Case No. 9286. Please reference appropriate case numbers in your written comments.

Attend one of the public hearings to speak out against these unfair rate hikes.

Delmarva Case No. 9285 Public Hearing Dates

Monday, June 18, 2012
7:00 p.m.
The Kent County Public Library
408 High Street
Chestertown, Maryland 21620

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Delmarva Power & Light Offices
Conference Rooms 1 and 2 2530 N. Salisbury Boulevard
Salisbury, Maryland 21801

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Chesapeake College
Wye Mills Campus
Room HEC 110, Eastern Shore Higher
Education Center
Routes 50 and 213
Wye Mills, Maryland 216791

Pepco Case No. 9286 Public Hearing Dates

Thursday, June 21, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Municipal Center Council Chambers (City Hall)
City of College Park, Maryland
4500 Knox Road
College Park, Maryland 20740

Monday, June 25, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Executive Office Cafeteria
Montgomery County Office Building
101 Monroe Street Rockville, Maryland 20850

Rate Cases Timeline

December 2011
Delmarva and Pepco file for rate hikes with the PSC.

January 2012
AARP formally intervenes in both rate cases: Delmarva Rate Case No. 9285 and Pepco Rate Case No. 9286.

March 2012
AARP submits written testimony in both cases challenging:

  • Requests to include additional costs for a “customer care initiative” in the rates
  • Requests for recovery of costs for a new customer accounting and billing system
  • Requests for additional operations and maintenance expense reimbursement to comply with the PSC’s proposed revisions to its reliability and customer service standards

April - May 2012
PSC holds hearings in both cases. AARP provides expert testimony.

June 2012
PSC holds evening hearings for public comment in both cases. Written comments may be filed with the PSC by Friday, June 15, 2012 for Delmarva Case No. 9285 and by Wednesday, June 20, 2012 for Pepco Case No. 9286.

July 2012
PSC decision in the Delmarva case expected to be issued by July 6, 2012 and in the Pepco case by July 13, 2012.

We can fight these unfair rate hikes and with your help we will win!

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