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For more information on the temporary utility rules, see Commission Order No. 89636. For more information on the distribution of RELIEF Act Funds, see Commission Order No. 89856.
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Press Release 10/18/21 -- In Response to OPC Request, PSC Orders Washington Gas to Address Customer-Service Issues and Proposed Civil Penalty
Did you know? Energy efficiency could meet 1/3 of expected power needs by 2030. This #EEDay2021 on Oct. 6, let’s work together to cut energy waste.
Press Release 10/5/21 -- Columbia Gas’s proposed ninth rate increase in nine years driven by investor strategy and should be rejected, OPC says
Commentary 10/2021 -- Public Utilities Fortnightly -- New Maryland Legislation Advances Consumer Interest in Clean Energy
Press Release 9/30/21 -- Washington Gas Should Pay $1.5 Million in Penalties and Fix Customer Service Issues, OPC Tells PSC
Op-ed 9/27/21 Baltimore Sun -- Gas infrastructure investments: too costly for consumers and environment
When you have a power outage, do you know who to call? Here’s a rundown of all the utility companies in the Maryland region
Need help with your energy bills? The Office of Home Energy Programs' new program year started July 1, 2021. Apply now at bit.ly/3hkij1H
Library of OPC posted documents, Legislative filings, & previous monthly supplier charts
Community Agency Publication Resource Guides
10/19/2021--Case #9662--Costen Solar, Inc. (CPCN-10.625 solar photovoltaic generating facility in Somerset County). Public Hearing for Comments
10/26/2021--Case #9662--Costen Solar, Inc. (CPCN-10.625 solar photovoltaic generating facility in Somerset County). Virtual Evening Hearing
10/27, 28 & 29 /21--Case #9666--Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC and US Wind, Inc. Offshore Wind Applications Under the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019
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