OPC has submitted expert testimony challenging the merger request of AltaGas Energy, a Canadian gas company, and Washington Gas Holdings Company, the parent of Washington Gas, in PSC Case 9449. Hearings are set for October 3-17.
OPC opposes Pepco request for rate increase in PSC Case 9443. OPC experts determine that Pepco should receive less than 20% of its $68.6 million request. Hearings conclude by September 8.
On August 21 Delmarva Power filed for a $27 million rate increase for its 204,000 customers on the Eastern Shore in PSC Case 9455. OPC will file expert testimony on November 16. Evidentiary hearings are set for December 11-20.
OPC submitted extensive comments on BGE’s proposal for a prepaid bill program in PSC Case 9453. OPC and its consultant, John Howat, presented these concerns at an August 9 hearing. No decision has been made.
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The PSC granted OPC’s Petitions for Investigation of Defective Service Termination Notices sent by Pepco and Washington Gas in PSC Cases 9444 and 9445. The Notices lacked important consumer protection information required by PSC regulations. The cases are pending.
The PSC agreed with OPC and denied Washington Gas’ request to expand its natural gas distribution facilities while putting its customers at risk for the expansion costs. See August 1 order in PSC Case 9433.
OPC has filed an appeal of the decision in PSC Case 9221. OPC believes that the decision allows BGE to recover an excessive amount of profit, in the millions, for administering the Standard Offer Service (SOS) for its customers.
OPC’s Petition to Investigate Verizon’s Service Quality, and its maintenance of its copper network in particular, is pending before the Commission. Comments from other parties were due by July 18. Contact OPC for more information.
The 3-year Community Solar Pilot Program is up and running. A significant portion of the projects has been set aside for low and moderate income customers. For information check out http://www.psc.state.md.us/electricity/community-solar-pilot-program/ and COMAR 20.62.
OPC is an active participant in several work groups in PC 44, a PSC proceeding to transform the electric distribution systems. These work groups address rate design, electric vehicles, supplier participation and energy storage.
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