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D.C. Should Reject Pepco-Exelon Merger, Council Member Mary Cheh Says

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Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) weighed in on the merger Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, on The Kojo Nnamdi Show.
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Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) weighed in on the merger Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, on The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) says the District’s public service commission should reject the merger between Pepco and energy giant Exelon.

While the federal government and several other states have approved the deal, the District’s public service commission has yet to sign off on the merger. Exelon and Pepco must show regulators that the deal serves the “public interest.”

Speaking on WAMU’s Politics Hour, Council member Cheh says she’s concerned that D.C.’s campaign to use more renewable energy sources will be discarded if Exelon, a large energy distributor that operates the largest fleet of nuclear plants in U.S., takes over for Pepco.

“They want to sell more energy. We want to save energy. We’re concerned about climate control. We are concerned about all these things. I think the end our efforts will be — if not stopped — will certainly be blunted by joining hands with this company," Cheh says.

And Cheh was blunt on whether the deal would be good for D.C. residents and their pocketbooks.

“I think that the end result for the retail customer... higher costs," Cheh says.

Exelon and Pepco officials have told regulators that the merger will help make electricity service more reliable and the deal would also directly benefit customers through millions of dollars in bill credits.

If Exelon’s takeover of Pepco is approved, the company would become the largest power distributor in the U.S.

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