A ben­e­fi­cial merger

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing the Sept. 29 Cap­i­tal Busi­ness ar­ti­cle “Ex­elon asks D.C. reg­u­la­tors to re­con­sider Pepco merger”:

The Bowser ad­min­is­tra­tion is right to pur­sue a set­tle­ment with Pepco and Ex­elon in their would-be merger. The util­ity com­pa­nies were clearly sur­prised when the Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sion re­jected their merger pro­posal in Au­gust, and they were right to be: Their orig­i­nal pro­posal promised sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits for D.C. res­i­dents and busi­nesses, and ev­ery other reg­u­la­tory body in the coun­try that had re­viewed the merger had ap­proved it.

The merger has its de­trac­tors. But the fact is, they are a very small — though very vo­cal — mi­nor­ity. Av­er­age D.C. res­i­dents stand only to gain in terms of more re­li­able elec­tric ser­vice, mil­lions of dol­lars for di­rect cus­tomer ben­e­fits and a util­ity with the fi­nan­cial back­ing to make sus­tain­able in­vest­ments in our com­mu­ni­ties and lo­cal econ­omy. If the merger does not oc­cur, these ben­e­fits dis­ap­pear.

Ar­ring­ton Dixon, Washington The writer is a for­mer chair­man of the D.C. Coun­cil.

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