The Star Democrat

Virtual hearing on Delmarva request to increase utility rate

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BALTIMORE — The Maryland Public Service Commission, which regulates electric and gas utilities and suppliers, will hold a virtual public comment hearing Jan. 11 on the $27 million electricit­y rate increase requested by Delmarva Power & Light Company. Utility customers and other interested parties are welcome to take part in the hearing.

Chief Public Utility Law Judge Ryan C. McLean will preside.

The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. with a presentati­on by Delmarva.

Delmarva Power provides electric distributi­on service to 209,000 Maryland customers in 10 counties, including Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne’s. The company says it needs the additional revenue to cover expenses to maintain and improve customer service and system reliabilit­y, according to a news release from the PSC.

Those who wish to speak at the hearing should send an email to psc.pulj@ gmail.com by noon on Monday, Jan. 10. The hearing will be held on the Webex platform and participan­ts will receive an email with the link to join.

For those who only want to watch, the hearing will be simultaneo­usly livestream­ed on the Public Utility Law Judge’s YouTube channel (MD PSC PULJs): https://bit.ly/2X6wLiP.

In addition to the hearings, comments can be submitted electronic­ally by Jan. 12 through the PSC’s online portal at https://www.psc.state.md.us/make-apublic-comment/.

Written comments also may be sent by mail, addressed to Andrew Johnston, Executive Secretary, Maryland Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul St., 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.

All comments should reference Case No. 9670.

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