Delmarva Power Rate Hike Request Draws Sharp Opposition in Delaware

Apr 10, 2013

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The latest rate increase request by Delmarva Power has drawn some sharp criticism from 20 Delaware lawmakers calling the latest 5.4 percent request – in their words very alarming.

Delmarva Power is seeking a $42 million that would increase the average customer bill by $7.63 a month which is based on 1000 kilowatts of usage.  

The 18 Democrats and two Republicans pointed out in a letter to the Public Service Commission that the latest increase request comes right after the Commission had approved $39 million in new Delmarva Power electricity revenue in two hikes over the last two years.

And the Wilmington News Journal reports that this does not account for the additional costs of “smart meter replacement nor the surcharge to support construction of the Bloom Energy factory in Newark.

In addition, to the lawmakers there were 12 community, labor and political organizations registering their opposition including the national Organization for Women and the Caesar Rodney Institute.