PSC seeks in­put on how to im­prove en­ergy grid

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - —Sarah Gantz

The Mary­land Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion is seek­ing pub­lic in­put about how to im­prove the state’s elec­tric dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tems.

The com­mis­sion plans to hold a se­ries of pub­lic meet­ings and work groups about top­ics such as al­ter­na­tive en­ergy sources, af­ford­abil­ity, op­tions for con­sumers and ways tech­nol­ogy can im­prove the elec­tric grid.

At the end of what will likely be a two-year process, the com­mis­sion ex­pects to have clearer pri­or­i­ties and ac­tion points for elec­tric­ity providers to im­prove their op­er­a­tions.

The ini­tia­tive builds on a plan Pepco was re­quired to sub­mit to the com­mis­sion that de­tails how it will trans­form its dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem in the fu­ture as a con­di­tion of ap­proval of its 2015 merger with Ex­elon Corp.

Pepco also was re­quired to pro­vide $500,000 for the com­mis­sion to con­tract with a con­sul­tant to work on these is­sues.

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