Hrant Jamgochian Voices Support of PowerUpMontco Petition to Intervene; Del. Carr’s Participant Compensation Bill

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2013
Contact: Rachel Gumpert
rachel@gojamgo.org

Hrant Jamgochian Voices Support of PowerUpMontco Petition to Intervene; Del. Carr’s Participant Compensation Bill

Bethesda, MD – Today District 16 Delegate candidate Hrant Jamgochian announced his support for PowerUpMontco’s decision to file a Petition to Intervene in Pepco’s recent rate increase request, as well as his support for Delegate Al Carr’s participant compensation bill. PowerUpMontco’s plan to file the Petition comes in the wake of a December 4th Pepco proposal requesting a $43.3 million rate increase. The request is estimated to increase bills for Montgomery County residents nearly $5 a month and is their second rate increase request of 2013.

“When my late Father-in-Law lived with my wife and me, he was put on a permanent oxygen machine that he often needed in order to breathe. Service reliability is a real issue that has very serious consequences for Marylanders, especially for our seniors and those who rely on life-saving medical technology,” Jamgochian said. “Instead of lobbying for a fresh rate increase, Pepco needs to reassess its priorities and work to ensure we have increased service reliability, shorter and less frequent outages, more rapid downed wire repair for homes in risk and greater proactive tree trimming.”

Jamgochian also voiced support for Delegate Carr’s Participant Compensation bill from the previous legislative session (HB 1129), which Carr plans to introduce again in the upcoming 2014 session. The legislation would seek to provide compensation on a limited basis to parties participating in rate cases filed with the Maryland Public Service Commission. The goal of the legislation is to give voice to a more diverse range of rate payers, in a legal process where utility companies have the ability to greatly outspend the vast majority of consumers on legal fees.

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