For Immediate Release
For Immediate ReleaseApril 30, 2003
Pepco, a unit of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), today hailed the Maryland Public Service Commission's approval of a settlement agreement that allows local utilities to continue to supply customers with electricity at market prices after existing rate caps expire.
Pepco President Bill Sim called the agreement the "most appropriate mechanism" for continuing to promote competition throughout the state while protecting small customers against possible price spikes and erratic supply.
"This is a well-balanced agreement that assures customers of back-up, or what's called standard offer service, if they do not choose an alternative energy supplier," Sim said. "At the same time, it allows Pepco to recover its cost to purchase power on the wholesale market."
The agreement, approved Tuesday, was negotiated last November by utility representatives, power suppliers, consumer advocates and regulators who were concerned that additional consumer safeguards were needed once rate caps began to expire and utilities were no longer permitted to serve as energy suppliers. Under Maryland's 1999 electric restructuring act, Pepco's rate cap is due to expire in 2004.
In announcing the commission's approval, Chairman Catherine I. Riley said that consumers choosing to remain with their utility supplier "will be paying a market price for their electric service. Also, the utilities will be able to recover their verifiable and prudently incurred costs to procure electric supply."
Pepco Holdings, Inc. is a diversified energy company with headquarters in Washington, D.C. Its principal operations consist of Pepco and Conectiv Power Delivery, which deliver 50,000 gigawatt-hours of power to more than 1.8 million customers in Washington, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia. PHI engages in regulated utility operations by delivering electricity and natural gas, and provides competitive energy and energy products and services to residential and commercial customers.
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