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Council OKs joining electricity organization

February 27, 2002|BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $6,500 to join a regional electricity transmission organization that will oversee the flow of electricity across high-voltage wires, City Light Department Manager Terry Weaver said.

The cost could raise customers' bills by less than a few cents, if at all, Weaver said.

The city will join PJM Interconnection, he said.

This service was previously done by Allegheny Energy. But as part of the federal deregulation process, Allegheny Energy is required to join a regional transmission organization, such as PJM, Weaver said.

City Light, which has about 17,000 customers in Hagerstown, purchases electricity wholesale from Allegheny Energy.

- Dan Kulin

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