Delmarva Power

Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are urging Delaware's Public Service Commission to reject Delmarva Power's latest request to raise electricity rates.

The Delaware Public Advocate and Public Service Commission staff is urging commission members to deny the rate increase at their meeting Thursday.

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BAY CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials on Maryland's Eastern Shore are asking residents to shelter in place after severe weather overnight caused extensive damage and knocked out power to thousands.

Queen Anne's County Emergency Services Director Scott Haas said at a news conference early Monday that emergency workers have transported one person with a puncture wound that wasn't considered life-threatening. He says officials are headed out to assess the damage.

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A lawsuit has been filed in the deaths of an eight member family in Princess Anne from carbon monoxide poisoning.

In 2015 Rodney Todd and his seven children died at their home after using a generator when their electricity was turned off by Delmarva Power.

Authorities ruled their deaths an accident.

Todd’s ex-wife and mother filed suit against the power company in U.S. District Court on behalf of the family and the estate.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they are seeking punitive damages but not amount has not been specified.

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There were 13-thousand Delmarva Power customers without electricity this morning in the aftermath of the winter storm that brought, snow, sleet and rain.

The company hopes to have restored power to all of its customers by either late today or by noon tomorrow.

Its crews are getting assistance from other local utilities.

Most of the outages on Delmarva occurred in New Castle and Cecil counties.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that power has been restored to 76-thousand customers since the storm.

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Delmarva Power will be upping its customers’ electric bills by $10.40 a month or a 7 percent increase.

The hike was approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission.

The increase is effective February 15th.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Delmarva Power says it needed the money to help pay for $330 million it laid out for upgrades it carried out from 2012 to 2015.

The power company had sought $66 million from the commission last year but wound up with $38 million from the hike this year. 

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Some 130-thousand homes in New Castle County will be seeing their natural gas bills go up this winter.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there will be a 6 percent increase or a hike of $6.63 per month on residential customers.

The paper say that means a jump from an average $114 a month to $121.

Delmarva Power says the hike represents the transportation and purchase costs for natural gas.

The company points out that customers have experienced a $48 reduction in their overall gas bills since 2010.

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A power outage hit Milton residents last night when a tractor trailer struck a utility pole.

The outage caused many to get up in the dark for school and work this morning.

WBOC reports that Delaware State Police say that a 39 year old man was driving a truck with an Allen’s Family Foods Trailer northbound on Harbeson Road.

When he got to Carpenter Road the driver missed the curve in the road and overcorrected before slamming into the pole and overturning.

Delmarva Power pushed back the time for restoring power to 8 a.m.

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Tropical Storm Hermine is headed our way and could dump as much as 5 inches of rain on the Delmarva Peninsula.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City is clearing life guard stations from the beach.

Rip currents were being reported yesterday at the resort.

In Crisfield officials are waiting to decide if they will go ahead with the annual National Hard Crab Derby.

Also set for Labor Day is the annual Skipjack races and organizers hope the storm will be over by then.  

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power says it is anticipating increased demand for electricity throughout the area Friday as hot weather continues to scorch the mid-Atlantic region.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Friday that includes northern Delaware, with temperatures near 95 degrees and a heat index of up to 101 degrees.

Delmarva Power says the region's power supply should be sufficient to meet high demand, but that customers can help conserve energy and save money through incentive programs during the period from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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The electric bills in Delaware could shoot up again.

Delmarva Power has filed a request with the state Public Service Commission to hike rates to a total of $63 million.

The company says that for the Christiana-area residents their bills could go up another $10 for an average of $151 a month.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they could go up again by another $13 a month for the transmission line to connect the Artificial Island Nuclear Power Plant in New Jersey with Delaware.

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