VIDEO: Lawmakers, advocates protest Delmarva Power electric rate hike request

Some lawmakers say it's time to re-visit de-regulation in Delaware after Delmarva Power's latest electric rate increase request.

WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.

"Obviously, de-regulation is not working in this state," says Rep. Helene Keeley (D-Wilmington South.

A bipartisan coalition of 20 representatives and advocates has sent a letter to the Public Service Commission, objecting to what they say are Delmarva's persistent filings for rate increases.

Democratic Rep. J.J. Johnson joined others at a news conference in Wilmington.

"I want the Public Service Commission (PSC) to represent the rate payers and the citizens of Delaware not Delmarva," says Johnson.

Rep. John Kowalko (D-Newark South) says his constituents can't afford the nearly $8/month proposed increase, and he doesn't like the pattern he sees.

"Every time they come for a rate increase request, they do get a part of that request," Kowalko says.

Delmarva Power says it needs $42 million for planned infrastructure improvements. The Public Service Commission heard Delmarva's request Tuesday.

Delmarva has said it will implement an interim $2.5 million rate increase effective June 1 while regulators review the full revenue request.

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