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Public Hearing: Delmarva Power Requests Md. Electric Rate Increase

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SALISBURY, Md.- A public hearing was held Thursday night regarding Delmarva Power's request to raise the rates of its Maryland electricity customers.

This is the second time in four years the utility company has sought to increase rates.

In 2012, Delmarva Power requested a $25 million increase from the Maryland Public Service Commission. It received $11 million. This time, the company is seeking a $66 million increase, which means the average customer's monthly bill would increase by about $21.

Delmarva Power says they need the money to help pay for reliability improvements and to offset the cost of smart meter installation. 

The company said it has spent more than $330 million on its Maryland electric system in the last few years, and the improvements have led to outages being cut in half.

Final say on the increase will come from a utility law judge, who is expected to issue a decision by early January of 2017.

Thursday night's public meeting was held at Salisbury University's Teacher Education and Technology Center (Conway Hall).

Even though this is the final public hearing, you can still voice your feelings to the Public Service Commission through email or in a letter.

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