Three hearings set for Delmarva Power rate hike
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. psc.state.md.us.
Comments can be filed by Monday, Oct. 31 by using the commission’s e-file system at www.psc. state.md.us/efile.
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.