For Immediate Release
SALISBURY, Md. (July 20, 2016) - Delmarva Power today filed a petition with the Maryland Public Service
Commission (PSC) to authorize an electric base rate adjustment of $66.2 million to recover the costs of
reliability improvements and smart-infrastructure upgrades that have helped to reduce
the frequency and duration of power outages.
Improvements in the electric system included
upgrades to more than 100 circuits and several substations to enhance system
"In today's technology-driven society, a
reliable electric grid has never been more important. A reliable and modern
energy system is what Maryland needs to continue to attract and retain healthy
businesses in the state," said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region
president. "Our customers are seeing better performance as a result of
reliability improvements and smart infrastructure upgrades. With
cost-efficiency in mind, we have made practical decisions to invest in the
areas that needed to be upgraded the most."
If the request is approved as filed, the bill
for a typical Delmarva Power Maryland residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt
hours (kWh) will increase by $21.42 per month to a total bill of $168.64.
The rate request will undergo a thorough review process by the Maryland PSC.
Delmarva Power's last request for an electric rate adjustment in Maryland
occurred in 2013.
Delmarva Power has spent more than $330 million
on its electric system in Maryland since 2012. The combination of advanced
technology and system upgrades have produced a 51 percent drop in the number of
outages and when outages do occur, we are able to restore service 69 percent
To help manage the impact of electric rate
increases, customers can take advantage of several cost-saving energy programs.
For example, since the Peak Energy Savings program started in 2012,
participating customers have saved more than $7 million by shifting their
energy usage to off peak periods. In addition, customers can participate in the
Empower Maryland energy efficiency programs such as lighting, appliance rebates
and home energy assessments. For more information, please visit (https://homeenergysavings.delmarva.com/empower-maryland). Each year thousands of customers take
advantage of these programs to save money. At home, customers can take a
variety of simple steps to reduce energy use and save money-a full list of
energy-saving tips is available at www.delmarva.com. Delmarva Power also provides information on
agency partners that can help customers who may need assistance paying their
energy bills. For more information about energy-saving programs, billing or
rates, contact Delmarva Power's Customer Care Center at 1-800-375-7117.
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