Description: Challenge to grid resiliency charge authorized by Maryland Public Service Commission.
Maryland Office of People’s Counsel v. Maryland Public Service Commission
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 12/15/2015 Opinion Download Grid resiliency charge upheld. Maryland Court Upheld Grid Resiliency Charge. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld a grid resiliency charge authorized by the Maryland Public Service Commission. The grid resiliency charge would provide $24 million to accelerate “hardening” projects for 24 “feeders” (low-voltage distribution lines that deliver electricity to end users). Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) requested approval for the grid resiliency charge in response to recommendations made by a state task force established to address the potential impact of climate change on regional weather patterns and prolonged power outages brought by extreme weather events. The court said that the issue of whether the Commission exceeded its statutory authority when it approved the grid resiliency charge was not properly before the court because it was not raised before the Commission. The court also concluded that the Commission did not act arbitrarily in approving the charge and that there was substantial evidence that the charge was just and reasonable.