Talk About Timing: Pepco Rate Hike On Maryland PSC's Docket | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Talk About Timing: Pepco Rate Hike On Maryland PSC's Docket

Play associated audio

 

The Maryland Public Service Commission is expected to rule next week on a proposed rate hike for Pepco customers, likely just days after the last customers' electricity is restored after the devastating June 29 storms that swept through the D.C. region.

PEPCO asked for the rate hike in December, around the same time it was fined $1 million by the commission for failing to upgrade its infrastructure, which lead to multiple week-long power outages following thunderstorms in the summer of 2010. 

But PSC Chairman Douglas Nazarian isn't saying whether this most recent outage emergency will affect the board's decision on the rate hike.

"I can't talk about the upcoming rate case, other than to say that they asked for the rate increase in December," Nazarian said at a press conference Thursday. "That kicks in a whole separate analysis and statutory process that has deadlines that Mother Nature didn't consult on." 

Montgomery County leaders have fought the proposed rate hike, saying PEPCO customers should not have to pay for the reliability upgrades the utility embarked upon following the lengthy outages of 2010. 

The commission's investigation into Pepco and other utilities' responses to the latest storm wouldn't start until power is fully restored statewide.

 

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 3, 2015

You can see paintings that speak to an ongoing overseas conflict or see a comedy about mistaken identity and love.

NPR

Sandwich Monday: The Funnel Cake Corn Dog

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a new twist on a classic. It's a corn dog that uses funnel cake in place of corn meal to encase a hot dog.
WAMU 88.5

For 'Senator Barb' And Maryland Politicians, The Future Is Wide Open

Sen. Barbara Mikulski hasn't made any plans yet for what she'll be doing in 2017. Meanwhile, Maryland's Republicans see an opportunity, and Democrats see a chance to reassert their dominance in the state.

NPR

Free Wi-Fi On Buses Offers A Link To Future Of 'Smart Cities'

A new service in a Portuguese city not only provides commuters with free Internet connections but it also helps collect data that makes the municipality run more efficiently.

Leave a Comment

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