State Regulators To Decide On Pepco Rate Hikes | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

State Regulators To Decide On Pepco Rate Hikes

Play associated audio
Infrastructure upgrades sought by Pepco could cost ratepayers an estimated $7 per month.
Markette Smith
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.

NPR

Director: 'The Interview' Is A Case Of Accidental Irony

Sony's movie, The Interview, was meant to be just a silly comedy, but now it's a symbol of free speech. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to its screenwriter, Dan Sterling.
NPR

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.
NPR

Tennessee's Medicaid Deal Dodges A Partisan Fight

An agreement between the Tennessee Hospital Association and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expands Medicaid without tax dollars, an agreement that could be a blueprint for other states.
NPR

Facebook Finds That Not All Users Want To Review Their Year

The social media giant's "Year in Review" app has upset some who prefer to forget 2014's unpleasant memories.

Leave a Comment

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