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February 21, 2013
A million residential customers could see an extra few dollars added each month to their utility bills. The General Assembly gave final passage Thursday to a bill to allow two large utilities to impose a surcharge of up to $2 a month on residential customers to speed a program of replacing aging gas pipelines. By a vote of 116-19, the House of Delegates approved the Senate bill, sending the measure to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has not said whether he will sign it. The legislation would authorize the Public Service Commission to approve the surcharge on the bills of customers of BGE and Washington Gas Light.
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NEWS
February 12, 2014
As a citizen of Maryland, I oppose S.B. 629, a bill in the state Senate that, if enacted, would authorize a county or municipality to impose an annual surcharge for the registration of a motor vehicle. The legislation would provide for a surcharge up to $20 per year per vehicle and require that revenue from the surcharge be used for transportation development purposes. While the terminology used in S.B. 629 says "surcharge," this is really a tax since the intent is for the "surcharge" to apply every year.
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NEWS
August 7, 2013
I see that BGE wants a monthly surcharge ( "BGE asks for monthly gas-bill surcharge," Aug. 2). It is just another reason why I can't wait to retire and move out of this state - and why so many people already have. Just check out the traffic on I-83 headed to Pennsylvania during rush hour. The surcharge is just another money grab. BGE is in business to make a profit. Part of making a profit is re-investing in your company's pipes, wires and such. Any company re-invests in order to keep making money.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
Maryland regulators said Wednesday that they will allow Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. to charge gas customers a monthly fee to pick up the pace of replacing aging pipes - the first such surcharge in the state. The surcharge will start at about 32 cents a month for residential customers this year, increasing annually until it caps out at $2 a month in 2017 and 2018. Business customers would pay different amounts, with almost all starting at $1.58 a month and topping out at $9.75 monthly.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2012
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers could see a $1 to $2 fee added to their monthly bills under a proposal from Gov. Martin O'Malley to make the electricity grid more reliable. A task force the O'Malley administration assembled after the June 29 derecho recommended Wednesday that regulators push utilities to make even more upgrades to the grid more quickly than previously planned, and to tap customers to pay for them as needed. The derecho caused 762,000 outages, some lasting as long as eight days, in the Baltimore area.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2010
Business leaders and landlords are proposing to raise a surcharge on downtown commercial properties this summer to make up for falling property values and to help pay for capital projects such as improving parks, installing additional video cameras and making the city more pedestrian-friendly. The increased role of the private sector comes as the city may be forced to cut public services. The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, which runs surcharge-funded programs aimed at keeping the area clean and safe, estimates the proposal would raise more than $1 million a year.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2013
When Maryland utilities replace their gas pipelines, customers have had to fork out extra money afterward — not during. But that's poised to change. Both chambers of Maryland's General Assembly, citing safety concerns, approved measures this month that would make it easier for utilities to add infrastructure surcharges of up to $2 a month to natural-gas customers' bills. It's the latest push in a tug of war over the best and fairest way to replace the nation's aging utility infrastructure, the price tag for which has been estimated in the trillions of dollars.
NEWS
By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Staff Writer | May 2, 1992
Most of a "temporary" tuition surcharge at the University of Maryland System's 11 campuses will remain in effect for another year following action yesterday by the Board of Regents.At nine campuses, including all in the Baltimore area, tuition next fall will be 13 percent higher than it was last fall.Because students are currently paying a surcharge and the regents reduced it slightly yesterday, fall semester bills will be slightly smaller than they were this spring. But overall for the year, tuition will be up.Tuition at the University of Maryland at College Park, the system's flagship campus, will go up 15 percent, while University College, the system's continuing education operation, will see a 6.3 percent increase.
NEWS
By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer | March 29, 1994
Potomac Edison is asking the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to reinstitute a surcharge paying for the electric company's energy conservation program.If approved, the charge would raise the monthly bill for an average residential customer using 1,000 kilowatts of energy by 1 percent, or 66 cents, said Potomac Edison spokeswoman Cyndi Shoop. An average residential bill would increase from $69.47 to $70.13 per month, she said.Increases for business and industrial customers would be 3.5 percent each month, Ms. Shoop said.
NEWS
By Chicago Tribune | December 6, 1990
WASHINGTON -- Linking U.S. policy in the Persian Gulf to the politically volatile issue of a tax increase, powerful Democratic voices in Congress are raising the possibility of a surcharge to finance the enormous cost of the military expedition.Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, endorsed the idea of the levy yesterday, following the lead of the Democratic chairmen of the Senate and House Budget committees.Senate Budget Committee member Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, suggested instead a greater economic commitment from U.S. allies, changes in the defense procurement process and a re-allocation of troop levels in Europe and Asia.
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.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2013
State regulators are holding a series of meetings next week to get public feedback about Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s pending requests for a rate increase and monthly surcharges on gas and electric customers. The meetings, which all begin at 7 p.m., are scheduled as follows: •Monday in the Joint Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle in Annapolis. Tuesday in the meeting room of the Baltimore County Public Library's Towson Branch, 320 York Road in Towson.
NEWS
August 7, 2013
I see that BGE wants a monthly surcharge ( "BGE asks for monthly gas-bill surcharge," Aug. 2). It is just another reason why I can't wait to retire and move out of this state - and why so many people already have. Just check out the traffic on I-83 headed to Pennsylvania during rush hour. The surcharge is just another money grab. BGE is in business to make a profit. Part of making a profit is re-investing in your company's pipes, wires and such. Any company re-invests in order to keep making money.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. asked Friday for a monthly surcharge on gas customers to cover part of the cost of replacing old pipes, a request that comes in addition to the rate increase and electric surcharge it is seeking. BGE said it asked state regulators for permission to charge residential gas customers 32 cents a month and business customers $1.87 a month, starting in February. The utility intends to ask for higher monthly surcharges in each of the following four years — effectively topping out at $2 for residents and $11.55 for businesses, though some of that amount ultimately could be pushed into base rates.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. asked Friday for another rate increase, three months after winning approval for higher charges, and company officials said they expect to seek more in the future. It's the third time in as many years that BGE has requested higher distribution rates. If approved, the typical residential customer getting both electricity and gas would pay about $72 more a year for distribution. Company officials said they expect to ask for frequent rate increases as they seek reimbursement for more aggressive tree-trimming, infrastructure upgrades and other work aimed at improving service.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2013
In a setback for environmentalists, a House committee killed a bill Saturday that would have enabled counties to impose a fee on disposable plastic and paper bags given out by stores to carry merchandise. The Economic Matters Committee voted 14-9 to disapprove the measure, sponsored by Del. Mary Washington, a Baltimore Democrat. The bill had earlier been passed by the Environmental Affairs Committee but required the approval of both panels. The legislation would have placed a 5-cent fee on bags – with exceptions for such items as carry-out food and dry-cleaning – and would have let the stores retain one cent of the fee to compensate for administrative costs.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. asked Friday for a monthly surcharge on gas customers to cover part of the cost of replacing old pipes, a request that comes in addition to the rate increase and electric surcharge it is seeking. BGE said it asked state regulators for permission to charge residential gas customers 32 cents a month and business customers $1.87 a month, starting in February. The utility intends to ask for higher monthly surcharges in each of the following four years — effectively topping out at $2 for residents and $11.55 for businesses, though some of that amount ultimately could be pushed into base rates.
NEWS
By Staff Report | December 8, 1992
The Maryland Public Service Commission has approved a request from Potomac Edison Co. to increase an anti-pollution surcharge on customers' bills by $2.2 million.The higher rate applies to electric service provided on and after Dec. 3. Residential customers will see bills rise about 46 cents a month, the utility said.The surcharge reflects the cost of complying with the Clean Air Act of 1990, specifically financing construction of equipment intended to reduce by 90 percent the sulfur dioxide emissions from the company's Harrison power station near Shinnston, W. Va.Potomac Edison has more than 9,000 customers in Carroll County in an area from Mount Airy to Taneytown.
NEWS
February 21, 2013
A million residential customers could see an extra few dollars added each month to their utility bills. The General Assembly gave final passage Thursday to a bill to allow two large utilities to impose a surcharge of up to $2 a month on residential customers to speed a program of replacing aging gas pipelines. By a vote of 116-19, the House of Delegates approved the Senate bill, sending the measure to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has not said whether he will sign it. The legislation would authorize the Public Service Commission to approve the surcharge on the bills of customers of BGE and Washington Gas Light.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2013
When Maryland utilities replace their gas pipelines, customers have had to fork out extra money afterward — not during. But that's poised to change. Both chambers of Maryland's General Assembly, citing safety concerns, approved measures this month that would make it easier for utilities to add infrastructure surcharges of up to $2 a month to natural-gas customers' bills. It's the latest push in a tug of war over the best and fairest way to replace the nation's aging utility infrastructure, the price tag for which has been estimated in the trillions of dollars.
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