Evening hearings for the purpose of receiving public comment in connection with Delmarva Power & Light Company's application for adjustments to its Maryland retail rates for the distribution of electric energy are hereby scheduled as follows: Monday, March 23, 2020 Chesapeake College, 6:30 p.m. Wye Mills Campus, Health Professional Center – Room 131, 1000 College Circle, (near Routes 50 and 213), Wye Mills, MD 21679. Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Kent County Library, 6:30 p.m. Chestertown Branch, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. Monday, March 30, 2020 Wor Wic Community College, 6:30 p.m. Fulton-Owen Hall- Room 103 (1st Floor Conference Room), 3200 Campus Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804. Written public comments on this matter may be submitted electronically, by first-class mail, or hand-delivered by April 13, 2020. Comments sent electronically must be submitted through the Commission's Public Comment Dropbox, which can be accessed through the Commission's website at www.psc.state.md.us. Written comments shall be addressed to Andrew S. Johnston, Executive Secretary, Maryland Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, and should reference "Case No. 9630."
Under a Delaware law known as the "Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act" (or “REPSA”), Delmarva Power must increase the percentage of its electric supply generated from renewable energy sources each year until the year 2025, when a minimum of 25% renewable energy must be achieved. In adopting REPSA as Delaware Law, the Delaware General Assembly stated as follows:
“The General Assembly finds and declares that the benefits of electricity from renewable energy resources accrue to the public at large, and that electric suppliers and consumers share an obligation to develop a minimum level of these resources in the electricity supply portfolio of the state. These benefits include improved regional and local air quality, improved public health, increased electric supply diversity, increased protection against price volatility and supply disruption, improved transmission and distribution performance, and new economic development opportunities.”
Delmarva Power has long supported the efforts of both Delaware and the region to reduce emissions caused by the generation of electricity, motor vehicles, and other activities. Delmarva Power has met or exceeded Delaware’s RESPA requirements each year and has been recognized as a national leader on environmental issues.
Effective May 1, 2016, your bills will include more detail about the current Renewable Compliance Charge by dividing the existing charge into two line item charges:
Electricity generated by Wind & Solar provides Delmarva Power customers with approximately 60% of annual REPSA compliance. Electricity generated by the Qualified Fuel Cells provides Delmarva Power customers with approximately 40% of annual REPSA compliance.
These two line items are not new charges on your bill. Dividing the existing Renewable Compliance Charge into two parts is intended to help customers better understand what portions of their delivery charges go towards renewable energy sources.
The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act (“REPSA”) recognizes that Renewable Energy brings many benefits to Delaware and its citizens. For example, the Delaware General assembly has specifically declared: "These benefits include improved regional and local air quality, improved public health, increased electric supply diversity, increased protection against price volatility and supply disruption, improved transmission and distribution performance, and new economic development opportunities.” Currently, however, these benefits are not reflected in the form of a dollar amount on your Delmarva Power bill.