March 7th Community Hearing Offers Mixed Testimony

The DC Public Service Commission (PSC) held the last of four scheduled community hearings in FC 1139 the investigation into Pepco’s proposed $84.5 M rate increase request on Tuesday, March 7, in its 8th floor Hearing Room at 1325 G Street NW.

More than 20 DC ratepayers provided testimony about Pepco’s proposed rate increase request. Many of those testifying stated the rate increase, if approved, would cause serious financial problems for seniors and low and moderate income Pepco customers. Others expressed the opinion that new high density residential and commercial developments demand additional energy capacity, which could be provided through the rate increase. Members of the Sierra Club expressed concerns that, if approved, the rate increase would not include sufficient energy efficiency measures.

A few witnesses who described how Pepco’s chronic reliability problems had affected their neighborhoods for years now say they support the rate increase because when outages do occur, they are of shorter duration.

As the result of OPC ‘s advocacy, the PSC has scheduled one additional community hearing, Wednesday, April 12, at 6:00 PM in the Commission’s Hearing Room. The formal case record will remain open through April 25. Consumers unable to testify can send their written comments by mail to:

Ms. Brinda Westbrook-Sedgwick
Commission Secretary
Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia
11325 G Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005

Or by email to:
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