Commission to host hearings on BGE gas rate increase
The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold five public comment hearings in October on a request by Baltimore Gas and Electric for a net increase of $62 million in its gas distribution rates. BGE delivers natural gas to 650,000 customers in central Maryland, including some in Calvert County.
The rate request would result in a nearly 7 percent increase on the average residential heating customer bill. For the average combined gas and electric service residential customer, the increase would amount to $5.67 per month, a press release states.
Members of the public who wish to comment on the request may attend any or all of the public hearings, scheduled as follows (government office buildings may require an ID to enter):
• Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m., Howard County Court House, George Howard Building (Banneker Room), 3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City;
• Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m., Maryland Department of Legislative Services Building, Joint Committee Hearing Room, 90 State Circle in Annapolis;
• Monday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., Maryland Public Service Commission, Frank O. Heintz Hearing Room (16th Floor), William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul St. in Baltimore;
• Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m., Bel Air Town Hall Rotun- da, 39 N. Hickory Ave. in Bel Air; and
• Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m., The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt (auditorium), 6501 N. Charles Street in Towson.
Filings in the cases can be viewed or downloaded in the electronic docket for Case No. 9484 on the commission’s website, www.psc.state.md.us.
Written comments referencing Case No. 9484 may also be mailed (by Friday, Nov. 2) to: Terry J. Romine, executive secretary, Maryland Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21202.
Reasonable accommodations will be made at Public Service Commission proceedings for qualified persons with disabilities, if requested five days in advance of the proceeding. Dial 410-767-8000 or 1-800-492-0474 or access the prior numbers through the Maryland Relay Service at 1-800-201-7165.