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Regulators To Hear Pepco's Rate Hike Request

Pepco officials are proposing a $7 rate increase for its customers.
Markette Smith
Pepco officials are proposing a $7 rate increase for its customers.

Utility regulators have set aside 10 days to hear a rate increase request from Pepco. The electricity supplier for the District and suburban Maryland wants to add $7 a month to the average residential bill.

Pepco asked the commission late last year for a $7 monthly rate hike plus the imposition of a surcharge of about $1 a month starting in 2014.

Pepco argues the utility has been working on upgrades for more than two years and customers are now experiencing fewer and shorter outages. The upgrades would pay for continued efforts to boost reliability and customer service.

Pepco was heavily criticized for its response to a derecho storm last summer that caused widespread power outages. The Maryland Public Service Commission is taking testimony through April 29.

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