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Pepco Seeking Rate Hike For D.C. Customers

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(Credit: AP)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Pepco is seeking a $52 million rate increase for District of Columbia customers that would add $5.89 to the average monthly residential bill.

The utility’s president, Thomas Graham, says the proposed rate hike is necessary to improve customer service and reliability. A separate request for a rate increase is pending in Maryland.

Pepco, which supplies electricity to D.C. and parts of Maryland, faced strong criticism for its response to a fast-moving wind storm that caused widespread outages that lasted for days.

Mayor Vincent Gray has convened a task force to look into the feasibility of relocating more power lines underground in hopes of limiting extended electricity outages in the future.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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