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December 10, 2013
Here we go again. Wasn't it just about one year ago when Pepco was crying for a rate increase? Now for 2014, Pepco desires yet another unwarranted, undeserved and unnecessary rate increase. Pepco continues to fail the public during times that require timely and efficient restoration services during unwarranted outages. Pepco customers deserve better for the high rates that we pay now, and I must agree with Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner and just flat say no to any more Pepco requests for rate increases.
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NEWS
July 9, 2014
As a senior citizen with very limited income, I'm appalled at the fact that more than likely we will receive a rate increase in our Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. bill ( "BGE asks for fourth rate increase in four years," July 2). The utility has received multiple rate increases over the past few years without a blink from the Maryland Public Service Commission. This commission seems to lean toward the BGE increases and never toward the consumer. I note this as someone who over the years has had to, as the saying goes, "rob Peter to pay Paul," with each allowed increase.
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HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2013
Maryland hospitals would get some help dealing with federal cuts under a proposed plan that would increase the rates they can charge by 1.65 percent. The staff of the Health Services Cost Review Commission, the agency responsible for setting hospital rates, will recommend the increase at a meeting next week. The rate increase would take effect July 1 and run through the end of the year. The Maryland Hospital Association doesn't think the proposed increase is enough and is suggesting a rate hike of 2.43 percent.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is asking for its fourth rate increase in as many years, one that would raise distribution charges to residents getting both gas and electric service by nearly $15 a month on average. The utility filed the $185 million request Wednesday with Maryland regulators, who have reduced past requests significantly. BGE said it's in the middle of a multiyear effort to upgrade infrastructure in order to improve service, and it needs to cover its costs. The company wants permission to raise distribution rates - the charge for moving energy to customers - by $6.57 a month on the average residential electric bill and $8.53 a month on the average residential gas bill.
NEWS
December 6, 2012
One word would accurately describe the remarks by Baltimore Gas and Electric officials and the Maryland Office of People's Counsel in their case to increase rates - babble ("BGE to make case for increase," Dec. 2). The customers should not have to pay one penny for the company's so-called funding of infrastructure improvements needed for reliable service. Let BGE stop wasteful spending on unnecessary advertising. The truth of the matter is that real reliable service from BGE will not come until the utility admits that their major problem is a shortage of power restoration crews.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
The 7,000 households in Carroll County that receive public water from Liberty Reservoir are expected to see a slight increase in the water and sewer bills. The county is expected to adopt the new rates as part of its budget on Tuesday, May 28, said Roberta Windham, a county spokeswoman. New rates would take effect July 1. Carroll County buys water from the Baltimore Department of Public Works, which announced Monday it will seek a 15 percent increase for city water and sewer customers.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2010
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. has made its case before state regulators to raise gas and electricity delivery rates, arguing that the utility has contained costs for years despite rising expenses to maintain service and reliability. Now the utility's customers can have their say at a series of public hearings starting Tuesday in Bel Air. Consumer advocates have opposed the rate hike and contend that BGE has been overcharging ratepayers for distribution. BGE's request would add about $22 to electricity bills and $32 to gas bills annually for the average residential customer.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2010
Baltimore Gas and Electric residential customers will pay on average an additional $16 on electric bills and $10 on gas bills annually, under an order released by Maryland's top public utility regulators Monday. The increases will raise an estimated $30.9 million in electric distribution rates for BGE, as well as $9.75 million for gas delivery. According to the order, the new rates apply to charges incurred since Saturday. Monday was the deadline for the Maryland Public Service Commission to issue a decision on BGE's request, filed in May, to increase distribution rates — the price that customers pay to have power and gas delivered to their homes.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers will be paying higher rates this year, with the average bills rising by several dollars a month, to cover the cost of upgrading the utility's infrastructure. Maryland's Public Service Commission, which regulates the company, said Friday it approved an increase to distribution rates that will cost the average residential electricity customer an additional $3.33 a month and the average residential gas customer an extra $2.70 a month. The utility had sought larger rate increases.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. expects to ask for a rate increase within the next two months, less than half a year after it won approval for its last one. The plans were disclosed Wednesday during parent Exelon Corp.'s earnings call with analysts. Chicago-based Exelon said BGE would file its request by the end of June. The Maryland Public Service Commission approved BGE's most recent distribution-rate request in February, though not at the level the company had asked for. The regulatory agency said the average residential electricity consumer would pay an extra $3.33 a month and the average residential gas customer would pay an additional $2.70 a month.
HEALTH
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
Major health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has asked the state to let it increase its rates in the individual marketplace by as much as 30 percent on average next year, but two competitors want to lower what they charge people who don't get coverage through an employer. The requests were released Friday by the Maryland Insurance Administration, whose officials emphasized that they could require modifications. The agency cut significantly the rate increase CareFirst had requested for this year.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
Maryland regulators have launched an investigation into the practices of several energy suppliers in the wake of winter rate spikes that drew howls of complaints from customers. The state Public Service Commission ordered five companies to demonstrate why they shouldn't be fined, have their licenses revoked or pay refunds to consumers. Those firms are American Power Partners, Blue Pilot Energy, Major Energy, Maryland Gas & Electric and XOOM Energy. Three did not respond to requests for comment.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
Nearly 17,000 Broadstripe cable TV subscribers could lose channels such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1 and BET if the Anne Arundel County cable provider and Viacom fail to reach an agreement by Tuesday. The dispute centers on monthly per-subscriber fees the cable company pays to carry Viacom's 23 networks. Such cutoffs typically are short-lived, lasting until the companies reach agreement. Millersville-based Broadstripe, which serves 16,684 customers in northern Anne Arundel County and part of Baltimore, said Viacom wants to substantially boost fees to renew its contract.
NEWS
December 22, 2013
BGE customers may not be thrilled with the news of the last two weeks. On Dec. 13, the Public Service Commission approved not only gas and electric distribution rate increases for the utility but it also took the unprecedented step of allowing the company to add a surcharge to residents' bills to cover future grid reliability initiatives. And on Tuesday, the Obama administration announced plans to auction the rights to build offshore wind turbines off the Ocean City coast, a project that would add yet another surcharge to Marylander's monthly electric bills.
NEWS
December 19, 2013
Your report on the rate hike recently granted to BGE clearly demonstrates the importance of abolishing the Maryland Public Service Commission ("Md. approves BGE rate increase, surcharge," Dec. 13). In theory, the commissioners are supposed to regulate BGE and protect the taxpayers. However, in practice what they do is regulate the taxpayers and protect BGE. I've also concluded we should abolish the Maryland Office of People's Counsel. The office is a ploy used by the governor and the General Assembly to give the impression they are looking out for residential utility customers.
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
Users of the Uber car service experienced some sticker shock this weekend as they tried to hail a private car with their smartphone. The company has had a "surge pricing" policy for over a year - increasing rates during periods of high demand - but some Baltimore users reported seeing the policy in effect locally for the first time this weekend. Uber spokeswoman Nairi Hourdajian said the policy has been in place for the Baltimore region since Uber launched here in January, but this weekend was particually busy for its drivers because of the weather.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is asking for its fourth rate increase in as many years, one that would raise distribution charges to residents getting both gas and electric service by nearly $15 a month on average. The utility filed the $185 million request Wednesday with Maryland regulators, who have reduced past requests significantly. BGE said it's in the middle of a multiyear effort to upgrade infrastructure in order to improve service, and it needs to cover its costs. The company wants permission to raise distribution rates - the charge for moving energy to customers - by $6.57 a month on the average residential electric bill and $8.53 a month on the average residential gas bill.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2012
Hearings begin Monday in a case that will decide whether Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers can expect higher distribution charges next year. BGE is asking for increases that would come to about $6.62 a month for the typical residential electric customer and about $4.26 a month for the typical residential gas customer. Adding in business customers, the rate request would raise $175 million in the first 12 months. Battle lines have formed already. BGE says it needs the higher charges to help fund infrastructure improvements required for reliable service, but other groups contend that the request overreaches.
NEWS
December 10, 2013
Here we go again. Wasn't it just about one year ago when Pepco was crying for a rate increase? Now for 2014, Pepco desires yet another unwarranted, undeserved and unnecessary rate increase. Pepco continues to fail the public during times that require timely and efficient restoration services during unwarranted outages. Pepco customers deserve better for the high rates that we pay now, and I must agree with Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner and just flat say no to any more Pepco requests for rate increases.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2013
State regulators are now deep into the details of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s request for higher rates, a case expected to wrap up by the end of the year — 10 months after the last increase went into effect. The Maryland Public Service Commission is hearing testimony from the utility, opponents and others this week and will take comments from the public in a set of meetings next month. Some of the feedback suggests rate-case fatigue. "It is very difficult to face a third rate increase in four years with this case coming less than three months after the last case ended," said John E. Abrahamson, purchasing manager for Columbia-based W.R. Grace & Co., in written testimony on behalf of large energy users.
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