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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 13, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Verizon is arguing that it didn't break the law by releasing unpublished phone numbers and Maryland's Public Service Commission doesn't have authority to order remedies, according to recent filings in the case. The Maryland Office of People's Counsel, an advocate for residential utility customers, has asked the PSC for a formal hearing on the release of about 11,000 unlisted and nonpublished phone numbers in the Washington County area. Verizon, which appeared before the PSC more than three months ago, said the official hearing isn't necessary and would generate unnecessary publicity about a sensitive issue the company has tried to handle discreetly.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 9, 2012
The West Virginia Public Service Commission on Tuesday ordered Berkeley County's public water and sewer districts to return any capacity improvement fees that the utilities might have collected since May 9. The utilities have 15 days from the date of the order to return the fees, which the state regulatory agency ordered in May to be discontinued and not collected by the Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District and Berkeley County Public Service...
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April 13, 2001
PSC protects nonpaying customers By ANDREW SCHOTZ andrews@herald-mail.com For more information HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> In Washington County, the Community Action Council manages assistance programs for the state and federal governments. It also administers a separate matching fund set up by Allegheny Power. The Community Action Council's phone number is 301-797-4161. Allegheny Power can be reached at 301-790-3400. HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> In West Virginia, Catholic Community Services is in charge of Allegheny Power's Eastern Panhandle fund.
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By TRISH RUDDER | September 6, 2008
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - U.S. Silica Co.'s appeal to the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) protesting a flat water rate was heard Wednesday, and members of the public showed up to protest a recommended rate increase alternative. Several local water customers at the hearing spoke against the PSC recommendation to increase the water rates instead of allowing the flat water rate that was approved a few months ago by the Bath Town Council. The flat rate of $8.77 per 1,000 gallons for the first 6,000 gallons would benefit smaller users, but would be a substantial increase for larger users.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | May 22, 2013
A public utility law judge in Baltimore has set a procedural schedule and agreed to allow individuals to participate in the Maryland Public Service Commission's investigation of complaints against Potomac Edison, according to a Frederick, Md., resident present at Monday's pre-hearing conference. The PSC decided to open a case against the electric utility in the wake of several complaints from Western Maryland customers who say they've been overbilled because Potomac Edison failed to read their meters as often as required by law. Peggy Kaplan of Frederick said in an email that Judge Dennis H. Sober allowed several interested parties that petitioned to intervene in the case to develop a list of issues.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 27, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.VA -- The Berkeley County Commission on Thursday is expected to sign a maintenance agreement with Berkeley County Central Dispatch that allowed county leaders to create a new IT position in December even as layoffs were being considered. The one-year agreement commits the County Commission's IT department to provide the 911 emergency dispatch center with 24-hour "on-call" maintenance service for the communication center's systems, Commission legal counsel Norwood Bentley III said Tuesday.
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By ERIN JULIUS and ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 4, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The Maryland Public Service Commission has ordered Verizon to appear before the regulatory agency in Baltimore on Thursday to explain how private information of Washington County residents was released to a telephone directory publisher, PSC spokeswoman LaWanda Edwards said. Unlisted and unpublished telephone numbers of more than 12,000 customers were printed in the Washington County Phone Book after Verizon inadvertently sold the information to the phone book publisher, Ogden Directories Inc., The Herald-Mail reported Saturday.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | January 31, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com The Washington County Commissioners were disappointed by a decision by a representative of a state regulatory agency examining the City of Hagerstown's water and sewer rates at the request of the Washington County government, Commissioner William J. Wivell said Wednesday. The city's position is that the Maryland Public Service Commission does not have the authority and jurisdiction over the sewer rates the city charges customers who live outside the city in certain areas because of a contract between the two entities.
NEWS
January 23, 2007
After the courts stymied Maryland lawmakers' attempt to fire members of the state's Public Service Commission, General Assembly leaders are trying a new approach - politely asking PSC members to leave. We wouldn't blame commission members if they decided they wanted to leave behind such idiocy, but we hope they don't give the lawmakers a victory they don't deserve. In case you have forgotten, state Sen. President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller was among those who sponsored the deregulation of the state's electric utility industry.
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By DAVE McMILLION | February 4, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Saying it would hurt business in the Eastern Panhandle's vibrant economy and be an inconvenience to residents, state Sen. John Unger hopes to get a state agency to change its mind about changing the telephone area code for Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties. The state Public Service Commission has been considering adding a new area code to West Virginia because demand by cell phones, Internet telephone networks, fax machines and businesses that require phone numbers to transmit data is outpacing supply for available phone numbers.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | July 4, 2013
A list of nine issues to be addressed in the Potomac Edison meter-reading case before the Maryland Public Service Commission has been finalized, according to documents posted on the PSC's website. The issues list, submitted June 24 by attorney Joseph G. Cleaver of the state's Office of People's Counsel, has been accepted by all parties involved, including the PSC, OPC, Potomac Edison and four of the five people who petitioned to intervene in the case. The investigation stems from formal complaints filed against Potomac Edison, some dating as far back as May 2012.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mil.com | June 27, 2013
A request from a local environmental activist group that the Jefferson County Commission sign its resolution opposing FirstEnergy's purchase of a 40-year-old, coal-fired power plant in West Virginia was tabled Thursday. The resolution was presented to the commission by the Coalition for Reliable Power, “a loosely affiliated organization of citizens trying to encourage long-term energy policies for West Virginia,” said Patience Wait of Shepherdstown, W.Va., who drafted the resolution.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | May 22, 2013
A public utility law judge in Baltimore has set a procedural schedule and agreed to allow individuals to participate in the Maryland Public Service Commission's investigation of complaints against Potomac Edison, according to a Frederick, Md., resident present at Monday's pre-hearing conference. The PSC decided to open a case against the electric utility in the wake of several complaints from Western Maryland customers who say they've been overbilled because Potomac Edison failed to read their meters as often as required by law. Peggy Kaplan of Frederick said in an email that Judge Dennis H. Sober allowed several interested parties that petitioned to intervene in the case to develop a list of issues.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | May 18, 2013
A public utility law judge on Monday is expected to set the procedural schedule for the Maryland Public Service Commission's investigation into complaints that Potomac Edison overbilled some Western Maryland electric customers by failing to read meters as often as required. Judge Dennis H. Sober will preside over a pre-hearing conference set to start at 1 p.m. in the PSC's 19th floor hearing room at the William Donald Schaefer Tower on Saint Paul Street in Baltimore. The case stems from complaints made more than a year ago, including those filed last May by the former Frederick-based Sugarloaf Conservancy.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 15, 2012
Berkeley County's public water district will not challenge a West Virginia Public Service Commission order filed last week and is returning more than $200,000 in capacity-improvement fees the utility collected after the regulatory agency rescinded them in May. “They were all mailed back (Wednesday) with interest,” said Paul S. Fisher, the water district's executive director. The Berkeley County Public Service Water District board discussed the PSC decision in executive session at the end of its regular meeting Monday night, but took no formal action afterward, The fees collected for new home construction since the Public Service Commission's initial May 9 decision had been held in an interest-bearing account, Fisher said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 9, 2012
The West Virginia Public Service Commission on Tuesday ordered Berkeley County's public water and sewer districts to return any capacity improvement fees that the utilities might have collected since May 9. The utilities have 15 days from the date of the order to return the fees, which the state regulatory agency ordered in May to be discontinued and not collected by the Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District and Berkeley County Public Service...
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | May 15, 2012
Thousands of Berkeley County residents might be asked to pay more for public water and sewer services due to a recent decision by the West Virginia Public Service Commission. The regulatory agency on May 9 ruled that the Berkeley County Public Service Water District and the Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District can no longer assess capacity improvement fees on new building lots. The PSC's decision could result in a roughly 14 percent increase for water district customers and a 10 percent increase for sewer district customers to make up for that lost revenue, according to the water and sewer district's executive directors.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 26, 2011
Maryland Solar LLC this week received the waiver it needs from the Maryland Public Service Commission to begin construction on a $70 million, 20-megawatt solar farm by the end of this year. State law requires the filing of an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity two years before the construction of a power-generating facility. During a project briefing for state lawmakers Thursday, Maryland Solar Executive Vice President Jon Moore informed them the PSC granted the waiver on Wednesday.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | February 25, 2011
In a 4-1 decision, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that a judge did not have jurisdiction last year when he decided that Berkeley County's public water and sewer districts exceeded their power when they imposed capacity improvement fees. Justice Brent Benjamin dissented in the memorandum decision that was filed Thursday in the case between Larry V. Faircloth Realty Inc. and the Berkeley County Public Service Water and Public Service Sewer districts. The West Virginia Public Service Commission, which regulates public utilities in the state, was an intervenor in the case.
NEWS
January 22, 2011
In approving the Allegheny Energy/FirstEnergy merger, the Maryland Public Service Commission called on the utilities to "meet certain conditions that track (and, in certain instances, build upon) commitments the applicants offered to make in the course of this case. " "These conditions will ensure that Potomac Edison's ratepayers share in the synergies and savings expected to result from the transaction, that Potomac Edison is protected appropriately against the potential new risks of being part of this new, bigger company, and that our state share in the economic development and renewable energy opportunities the applicants have promised," the PSC said in its order dated Jan. 18. The PSC, in the document, said "because our conditions differ in some respects from those contained in the Joint Petition for Approval of Settlement," the applicants must decide whether to proceed on these terms.
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