Pepco seeks rate increase from Maryland regulators

WASHINGTON — Pepco wants to charge customers a little more to help pay for grid improvements the utility made last year.

The company claims that last year its customers in Maryland received the most reliable service in a decade because of the upgrades.

On Tuesday, Pepco asked the Maryland Public Service Commission to approve a rate increase that would generate $41.4 million.

Under the plan, the utility said the average residential customer would pay an extra $5.14 per month.

Last month, Pepco asked for a rate hike in D.C. that would cost residential customers there about an extra $7.50 a month.

The utility said the work it did last year included upgrading or replacing old equipment, and adding new equipment that helps minimize the impact and length of outages.

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