Three hear­ings set for Del­marva Power rate hike

Record Observer - - News - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY ck­ersey@ches­

WYE MILLS — The Mary­land Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion will hold three pub­lic hear­ings on a re­quest by Del­marva Power to in­crease its rates, cre­at­ing an ad­di­tional $66 mil­lion in rev­enue for the util­ity com­pany.

The rate hike will mean an in­crease of more than $21 a month for the typ­i­cal res­i­den­tial cus­tomer us­ing 1,000 kilo­watt hours a month.

Del­marva de­liv­ers elec­tric­ity to about 203,000 cus­tomers in the coun­ties of Caro­line, Ce­cil, Dorch­ester, Har­ford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Tal­bot, Wi­comico and Worces­ter. They would be af­fected by the rate hike.

Ac­cord­ing to its ap­pli­ca­tion, the com­pany seeks to re­cover costs re­lated to re­li­a­bil­ity im­prove­ments to its dis­tri­bu­tion in­fra­struc­ture and smart meter de­ploy­ment.

The pub­lic is wel­come to the hear­ings the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion is hold­ing about the rate hike.

The soon­est hear­ing in the area is at 6:30 p.m. on Tues­day, Oct. 25, at the Kent County Pub­lic Li­brary on 408 High St. in Ch­ester­town.

Next is a hear­ing at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter, Room EDC27. The col­lege is at 1000 Col­lege Cir­cle in Wye Mills.

There’s another hear­ing at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs­day, Oct. 27, at Sal­is­bury Univer­sity, Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter (Con­way Hall), Room 156. The col­lege is lo­cated at cor­ner of U.S. Route 13 and W. Col­lege Av­enue in Sal­is­bury.

The case fil­ings and associated in­for­ma­tion about the is­sue are avail­able in the elec­tronic docket file (case no. 9424), which may be viewed or down­loaded at www.

Com­ments can be filed by Mon­day, Oct. 31 by us­ing the com­mis­sion’s e-file system at www.psc.

The com­mis­sion also takes writ­ten com­ments sent by reg­u­lar mail by Oct. 31 to David J. Collins, ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary, Mary­land Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, Wil­liam Don­ald Schae­fer Tower 6, St. Paul Street, Bal­ti­more, MD 21202

Please be sure to in­clude the case num­ber 9424 with all com­ments.

The Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion ex­pects to make a de­ci­sion on the rate hike in the sec­ond week of Fe­bru­ary 2017.

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