Average Allegheny Power customers in Maryland could see their electric bills decrease by $63 a year under a proposal the state's consumer advocacy agency submitted Tuesday to the Maryland utility regulatory commission, according to an agency spokesman.
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The proposal from the Office of People's Counsel in Baltimore will be reviewed by the Maryland Public Service Commission, also in Baltimore, said Jason A. Feuchtwanger, a People's Counsel spokesman.
The People's Counsel is a consumer advocacy agency that represents Maryland's residential utility customers.
The Public Service Commission is not bound to go along with any one proposal, and is expected to review all proposals in March and issue a decision in the fall or winter, Feuchtwanger said.
Allegheny Power and the Maryland Energy Administration also have sent proposals to the Public Service Commission, he said.
Under the People's Counsel proposal, electric rates for Allegheny Power customers in Maryland would decrease by 8 percent in 2000 and remain stable until 2004.