PUC adds hearing for PECO rate case
Final hearing will be held in Chester County
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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