WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Pepco Seeking Rate High For D.C. Customers

Play associated audio
Pepco customers in the District may see a rate hike in their future.
Pepco customers in the District may see a rate hike in their future.

Pepco is seeking a $52 million rate hike for customers in the District. The proposed increase would add almost $6 to the average monthly residential bill.

Pepco president, Thomas Graham, says the increase is necessary to improve customer service and reliability. The utility is facing strong criticism for its response to some storms in the past year, including the fast-moving derecho that caused widespread outages for days.

Mayor Vincent Gray has convened a task force to look into the feasibility of relocating more power lines underground in hopes of limiting extended electricity outages in the future.

Meanwhile, a separate request for a rate increase is pending in Maryland.


BBC Icon Finds Children's Adventure In An Element Hunter

Simon Mayo, a veteran broadcaster for the BBC, has written a series of children's books about a boy obsessed with the periodic table. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the latest, Itch Rocks.

Soup to Nuts, Restaurants Smoke It All

While you won't find cigarettes in restaurants anymore, some smoking isn't banned. It's not just meat, either; it's hot to smoke just about anything edible.
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Remains At Odds With Feds On Medicaid Expansion

Lawmakers in Virginia continue to resist the $9.6 billion Medicaid expansion on offer from the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act.


Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.