The D.C. Attorney General's Office wants to stop Pepco from raising electricity rates on low-income households.
The attorney general's office is formally opposing Pepco's attempt to collect about $2 million in additional revenue from households enrolled in the power company's Residential Aid Discount program, which provides a discount to households whose incomes fall below 60 percent of the median levels in the District. About 24,000 residents are covered by the program.
In its testimony to the Public Service Commision, the attorney general's office says the economic conditions in the city's poorest neighborhoods cannot support a rate increase. The attorney general is also pushing the commission to protect low-income residents who switched from Pepco to alternative energy suppliers and lost their discounted rates.