Infrastructure upgrades sought by Pepco could cost ratepayers an estimated $7 per month.
Power outages are always a concern during storms, something Pepco ratepayers know all to well. State regulators are expected to decide sometime next month whether Pepco will be allowed to charge its customers more.
The rate hike the utility is seeking would add roughly $7 to the average monthly bill. The utility also wants to raise rates to pay for new infrastructure through a grid resiliency charge on customers.
This week, Montgomery County leaders formally filed a brief with the Public Service Commission asking it reject the majority of the increase PEPCO is seeking.
The county says the utility should only be allowed $6.5 million in rate increases, which is 89 percent less than what PEPCO is seeking. The county also wants the commission to stop the infrastructure charges.
Last year, the PSC granted Pepco a rate hike, but it was only a quarter of what the utility sought.