Monthly Archives: May 2017

Legislation would be ripoff for utility customers

This appeared in the Wilmington News Journal on May 22, 2017.

(http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/05/22/legislation-would-ripoff-utility-customers/336308001/)

The piece was slightly edited by the newspaper.  The original as submitted is below:

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Bad bill serves special interests, rips off utility ratepayers

As Delaware reaches the peak of its political season, there’s no more powerful example of the prevailing special interest chokehold than Senate Bill 80.  This bill would create a new line item charge (“distribution system improvement charge”) on Delmarva Power electric and gas bills, without meaningful opportunities for public review of the additional charges.  Total charges without a “rate case” could amount to $24 million. Continue reading

Action Alert: Another Delmarva Power ripoff in the pipeline

A draft bill circulated by Delmarva Power (Excelon) lobbyists would create a new means for the utility to reach deeper into ratepayers’ pockets with reduced oversight.  The scheme, called a “Distribution System Improvement Charge” would allow millions of dollars to be added to bills without authorization in a formal “rate case,” supposedly to solve a problem that does not exist.

DPL seeks to collect up to $17 million in additional electric charges and $7 million in additional gas charges “between” rate cases. Continue reading