Hearing on BGE Rate Hike Wednesday

The utility is asking for an increase - have your say at a public hearing in Ellicott City.

Think your gas and/or electricity bill is too high? You might want to head to George Howard Building Tuesday, for a hearing concerning Baltimore Gas and Electric’s request to raise rates.

BGE wants to raise about $175 million in the first year of the rate hike, according to the Baltimore Sun, to pay for infrastructure improvements. The rate change would raise the typical residential distribution rate for electricity about $6.62 a month and the typical gas rate by about $4.26, the Sun reports. 

The utility’s last rate hike was approved more than two years ago - a $1.34 per month raise for the typical residential electric customer and 84 cents for gas, according to the Sun.

BGE says its rate hike will fund upgrades to infrastructure, including replacing old poles and burying some equipment underground.

The Public Service Commission hearing on BGE’s proposed rate hike will take place Wed., Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Benjamin Banneker room of the George Howard Building. Speakers will have five minutes each.

If you’d like to submit comments in writing, you can do so by Jan. 18. Mail comments to David J. Collins, executive secretary of the Maryland Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD, 21202. Reference Case number 9299.


BGE Seeks Rate Increase

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