Delmarva Power Public Comment Sessions on Application for Increase in Rates to PSC

Delmarva Power
November 2017

Delmarva Power extends an invitation to you to attend one of the public comment sessions that are being held Dec. 4th and Dec. 6th 2017 in your region. If you are unable to attend; please see attached sample letters, (Maryland Contributions and Maryland Reliability) that can be sent to the MD Public Service Commission and appreciate your input or acknowledgement regarding reliability and investment made by Delmarva Power. In addition; the recent July Tornado in Stevensville is another example of our investments and storm response which successfully restored power to thousands in a community within 24 hours.

The Maryland Public Service Commission (“Commission”) issued Order No. 88348 in the in Case 9455 in which, among other things, it directed Delmarva Power and Light Company (“Delmarva”) to contact the Executive Secretary to establish the dates and locations for the evening public hearings to be conducted in this matter. 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 have been scheduled as noted below. I’ve also included some background information related to the filing as well.

Feel free to reach out to me or any of my team members if you should have any questions.

Monday, December 4, 2017 | 6:30 p.m.
Chesapeake College Wye Mills Campus, Economic Development Center, Room 27
1000 College Circle (Near Routes 50 and 213)
Wye Mills, Maryland 216791

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | 6:30 p.m.
The Kent County Public Library
408 High Street, Chestertown, Maryland 21620

Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 6:30 p.m.
Being held at Salisbury University Teacher Education Technology Center/Conway Hall – Room 153
1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, Maryland 218013

Delmarva Maryland Rate Adjustment Filing Information


Maryland customers and the regional economy are benefiting from Delmarva Power’s infrastructure investments.

In 2016, Delmarva Power had its best reliability performance in recent history. Last year, the company spent $68.1 million to improve its Maryland distribution system reliability and enhance customer service.

These investments, which did not represent an increase in budgeted spending, included replacing aging infrastructure, making targeted distribution system upgrades, implementing storm protective measures and expanding system capacity expansion. The efforts have improved safety, reliability and customer service, in addition to enabling customers to reduce their overall bill through efficiency gains and energy conservation.

Over 2013-2016, the company invested over $302.2 million in Maryland distribution reliability projects. Since 2012, Delmarva Power’s Maryland customers saw an average of 29 percent fewer service interruptions and a 43 percent decrease in the duration of the outages they experienced.

Recovery of Investments
* To enable it to continue its momentum in strengthening its distribution system and service, Delmarva Power on July 14 filed a petition with the Maryland Public Service Commission to authorize a base rate adjustment of $27 million.
* This would increase a typical residential customer’s total monthly bill by $2.78, or 1.91percent.

Affordable Rates

Delmarva Power is always mindful about responsibly managing costs to its customers, including providing energy efficiency and energy assistance guidance.

These programs can help customers offset the proposed rate adjustment and manage their electric utility bills, so Delmarva Power teams with local community agencies who assist customers with energy-efficiency tools as well as help them identify federal, state and local financial resources available to them. For more information about energy-saving programs, billing or rates, customers can contact Delmarva Power’s Customer Care Center at 1-800-375-7117.

Improvements in infrastructure and technology and energy efficiency programs have enabled Delmarva Power to operate more efficiently, meaning customers are able to use less energy. Thanks to efficiency gains, a typical residential customer’s total bill for electric service has declined about 7.1 percent from Jan. 1, 2010, compared to today (excluding surcharges), even if the proposed rate increase is approved.

Because of its merger with Exelon, Delmarva Power also is able to save money because of economies of scale, best practices and leveraging resources. Rates are lower than they would be absent the merger.

If you are able to attend any of these public comment sessions; or send a letter to the MD Public Service Commission.

Renee Stephens
Sr. Public Affairs Manager / Govt Affairs
Delmarva Power
PO Box 1739
Salisbury, MD 21802

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