All those living in areas served by Allegheny Energy should pay close attention to attempts by Maryland legislative leaders to deal with power increases planned by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.
Come 2008, when Allegheny's residential rate cap is lifted, local residents will certainly face higher costs for electricity. How the BGE issue is resolved will probably provide the blueprint for any action taken to persuade Allegheny not to charge as much as it could for power.
After BGE announced rate increases that would average 72 percent for its 1.1 million residential customers, House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller began looking into the matter.
They claim they have gotten little cooperation from BGE officials, who have been asked for information that would justify the size of the increase.