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.