PUC adds hear­ing for PECO rate case

Fi­nal hear­ing will be held in Ch­ester County

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - BUSINESS - By Donna Rovins drovins@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mer­cBiz on Twit­ter

HARRISBURG » The Penn­syl­va­nia Pub­lic Util­ity Com­mis­sion has sched­uled a sixth hear­ing to gather pub­lic com­ment on PECO En­ergy’s pro­posed $82 mil­lion rate in­crease. The re­quest for the in­crease was filed in March with the Penn­syl­va­nia Pub­lic Util­ity Com­mis­sion.

In May, the com­mis­sion an­nounced that a se­ries of hear­ings would be held dur­ing June, at five lo­ca­tions within PECO’s ser­vice area. The first hear­ing took place on June 6 in Me­dia.

The Pub­lic Util­ity Com­mis­sion on Mon­day an­nounced that an ad­di­tional pub­lic hear­ing will be held in Ch­ester County on Mon­day, June 18 at 6 p.m. at Penns Grove Mid­dle School Cafe­te­ria, 301 South Fifth Street, Oxford.

The hear­ings, con­ducted by the Pub­lic Util­ity Com­mis­sion’s Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Law Judge, are part of the reg­u­la­tory agency’s process for set­ting util­ity rates to en­sure, “the low­est rea­son­able rate for con­sumers while main­tain­ing the fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity of util­i­ties,” ac­cord­ing to the com­mis­sion’s ratemak­ing process.

PECO’s rate re­quest was filed March 29 with the Pub­lic Util­ity Com­mis­sion March 29. It asks for an $82 mil­lion — or 2.2 per­cent — in­crease in the rates the util­ity charges cus­tomers for the de­liv­ery of elec­tric­ity. If ap­proved as filed, the in­crease would raise a res­i­den­tial cus­tomer’s bill by 3.2 per­cent, or about $3.28 per month.

In April, the com­mis­sion said it would in­ves­ti­gate PECO’s re­quest, which au­to­mat­i­cally sus­pended the in­crease for up to seven months from the time the

rate would have other­wise be­come ef­fec­tive. PECO’s re­quested ef­fec­tive date was May 28. The mat­ter was then as­signed to the PUC’s Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Law Judge.

In ad­di­tion to the newly added June 18 hear­ing, two other hear­ings re­main in the sched­ule — for Thurs­day, June 14 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The 10 a.m. hear­ing will be held in the Betsy Ross Con­fer­ence Room, 801 Mar­ket St., 6th Floor, Philadel­phia; and the 6 p.m. hear­ing will be held at the King­dom Life Chris­tian Cen­ter, 6325 Frank­ford Ave. Philadel­phia.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are wel­come to at­tend the hear­ings and of­fer com­ment. Their tes­ti­mony will be­come part of the record on which the PUC will is­sue its fi­nal de­ci­sion.

Once the hear­ings are com­pleted and the tes­ti­mony re­viewed, a rec­om­men­da­tion by the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Law Judge will then be made to the Pub­lic Util­ity Com­mis­sion for a vote and fi­nal de­ci­sion by the com­mis­sion­ers.

Af­ter examining the ev­i­dence, the com­mis­sion may ap­prove all, none, or a por­tion of the rate re­quest. A fi­nal de­ci­sion by the com­mis­sion is due by Dec. 28, 2018.

Head­quar­tered in Philadel­phia, PECO de­liv­ers en­ergy to more than 1.6 mil­lion elec­tric cus­tomers and more than 516,000 nat­u­ral gas cus­tomers in south­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Pub­lic Util­ity Com­mis­sion visit www. puc.pa.gov.

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