For Immediate Release
NEWARK, DE (May 17, 2016) - Delmarva Power (DPL) today filed a petition with the
Delaware Public Service Commission (DE PSC) to authorize an electric base rate
adjustment of $62.8 million, to recover the costs of reliability and smart-infrastructure
investments that have reduced the frequency and duration of power outages, and a
gas base rate adjustment of $21.5 million to improve service and ensure the
integrity and safety of the gas system.
Improvements in the electric system
include upgrading four substations with advanced automation equipment that
allows DPL to pinpoint outages and send crews directly to the specific source
of the damage, which allows the company to restore outages faster. Improvements also include replacing hundreds
of miles of wire with sturdier, more weather-resilient wire to help prevent
"In today's technology-driven
society, dependence upon a reliable electric grid has never been greater. A reliable and modern energy system is what
Delaware needs to continue to attract and retain healthy businesses in the
state," said Gary Stockbridge, president of Delmarva Power. "Our customers are seeing better performance
as a result of the reliability improvements and smart infrastructure
investments we have made to our system. With cost-efficiency in mind, we have
made practical decisions to invest in the areas that needed to be upgraded the
If the request is approved as
filed, the bill for a typical residential customer using 1,000 kWh will
increase by $10.23 per month to a total bill of $151.34. The rate request will undergo
a thorough DE PSC review process that could take nine to 12 months. It has been
more than three years since Delmarva Power requested an electric or gas rate
DPL has invested $222 million into
its electric system since 2013, and customers are benefiting from those
investments. These investments have
produced a 17 percent drop in the number of outages and a 44 percent increase
in the speed in which outages are restored.
The natural gas rate adjustment is
also subject to the DE PSC approval. If
approved as filed, the typical residential customer using 120 ccfs would see an
increase of $13.55 per month for a total bill of $143.22.
DPL has invested over $120.9
million in upgrades to the gas system since 2013. Delmarva Power has modernized the gas-delivery system by
replacing approximately five miles of old steel mains, two miles of plastic
mains, approximately 20 miles of cast and ductile-iron mains, and 38 miles of (3,500)
worn steel and copper services to residences and businesses. Additional gas-related capital expenditures
are primarily the result of planned equipment replacements and upgrades to
improve operational performance and safety systems.
"Replacing old gas main and worn
services ensures the safety and integrity of our gas system," Stockbridge
To offset the electric rate
increases, customers can take advantage of the energy-savings programs that
Delmarva Power offers. For example,
since the Peak Energy Savings program started in 2012, DPL participating customers
have saved more than $7 million on their energy bills. In addition, customers
can take a variety of energy-savings
steps to save money, such as raising or lowering thermostats two or three
degrees, turning off lights in unoccupied rooms and using compact fluorescent
or LED light bulbs.
DPL also has available information
on agency partners that can help customers most in need. For more information about DPL's energy-savings
plans, billing or rates, contact Delmarva Power's Customer Care Center at: 1-800-375-7117. Customers should also know that from 2011 to 2015, electric energy
prices have dropped by about $11, and natural gas prices have fallen by about $40.
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