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City OKs deal with Allegheny Power

June 24, 1998

An agreement that is expected to cut Hagerstown residents' electric bills by 10 percent was approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

The council voted in favor of a new five-year contract with Allegheny Power, effective Thursday, to buy electricity at lower rates.

The savings will be passed on to City Light customers as soon as the city receives approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission, said Light Department Manager Terry Weaver.

That could be this summer, but at the latest on Jan. 1, he said.

For the average residential customer using 700 kilowatt hours a month, the proposed contract would cut the monthly bill $4.66 from $43.74 to $39.08, Weaver said.

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Even if the drop occurs in January, the savings to customers will be retroactive to the start of the proposed contract so customers won't lose any savings, said Calvin Timmerman, director of rate research and economics with the Maryland Public Service Commission.

Both federal deregulation and a shared power contract with the towns of Williamsport, Thurmont, Md., and Front Royal, Va., allowed the city's 17,000 customers to get a better rate, Weaver said.

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