By Delaware State Representative John Kowalko
I am posting this “public comment meeting” scheduling in order to ask all Delmarva Power and Light Electric and Natural Gas customers to show up and speak up at these sessions. DP&L is requesting that another large increase be imposed on its ratepayers and business customers that might very well adversely affect your economic circumstances. The frequency and size of these rate increases is stifling and unfair to the public and the commercial business community alike. There are many knowledgeable experts who find these rate increases unjustified and excessive but it will take you and your neighbors and your entire community expressing their collective outrage and opposition at these public forums to force the Public Service Commission to mitigate these takings. I will do all I can to oppose any unfair and unjustified increases but my voice alone will not suffice. Please encourage your friends and neighbors and local business owners to show up at the Gilliam Building on October 23rd at 6 PM and sign up to speak out against these increases. You and your community’s voices echoing in this type of public forum will be heard and heeded but you must be there to speak out.
I’ve petitioned the Public Service Commission to intervene in the two Delmarva Power rate increase request dockets listed here. I have been granted intervener status in both cases and hope to be able to mitigate some of the economic burdens the ratepayers and business users will be burdened with.
I have intervened in more than a half-dozen cases previously with varying degrees of success on behalf of the electric and gas users. I believe that the amount of increase being sought by DP&L is excessive and would be punitive to middle-class and poor users as well as the small business community. It could also disaffect large industrial users and stifle job growth and economic progress. But it will require quite a bit of effort on my part and that of the Delaware Public Advocate’s office to influence the PSC commissioners in that regard. Our efforts, on your behalf, will also be more achievable if all of the members of the public and the business community participate in the process with public comments and by attending public comment sessions in substantial numbers. We are fortunate to have a new Public Advocate, Drew Slater, who is committed to working on your behalf and his office and I will try to establish a level playing field and dedicated advocacy that benefits your interests. Please watch this site for updates with regard to public meeting dates, times and locations and please attend and speak out on your own behalf.
Below is the public comment schedule, which has been noticed. An Affidavit of Publication will be added to Delafile when Delmarva receives them from the newspapers.
Monday 6:00 p.m.
(Electric Public Comment Session)
October 23, 2017
Gilliam Building Multipurpose Room
77 Reads Way
New Castle, DE 19720
8:00 pm (Gas Public Comment Session)
Tuesday 6:00 p.m.
Delaware Public Service Commission
October 24, 2017
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904
Wednesday 6:00 p.m.
Indian River Senior Center
October 25, 2017
214 Irons Ave.
Millsboro, DE 19966