Delmarva Power filed requests Aug. 17 with the Delaware Public Service Commission for approval to recover $24.4 million in electric infrastructure investments and $12.9 million in natural gas infrastructure investments necessary to ensure continued safe and reliable service for customers.

Based on these requests, a typical electric residential customer’s total monthly bill would increase by $4.38, or 3.7 percent. A typical gas residential customer’s total monthly bill would increase by $3.75, or 9.9 percent.

Under the final settlement agreement for the Pepco Holdings-Exelon merger, Delmarva Power agreed to reduce capital expenditures for its local electric system by more than $71 million from 2015 through 2019. Delmarva Power spent $50.8 million in 2016 to modernize equipment, address system reliability concerns and meet energy policy guidelines. For the gas system, Delmarva invested $31.7 million in 2016 for equipment upgrades, enhancing operational performance and safety and installing new gas mains and service lines to bring natural gas service to new customers who previously did not have access to natural gas.

Electric system projects in 2016 included, upgrading 36 feeder power lines; replacing or installing 44 miles of underground cable; replacing or installing 53.5 miles of aerial cable; installing 93 reclosers — equipment to auto-restore power after momentary interruptions; repairing or replacing aging equipment such as broken cross-arms, poles or transformers; and work on multi-year projects.

Delmarva Power has invested $371 million in Delaware for projects to modernize the local electric distribution system during the past five years. These projects include the installation of new smart switches and other equipment, which help reduce outages for customers. Since 2012, Delmarva Power customers in Delaware have seen 14 percent fewer outages and a 31 percent reduction in the duration of outages.

These infrastructure investments help drive economic development and job creation in the regional and local economies. Delmarva Power and the Pepco Holdings service company employ about 1,115 employees in the state and additional contract crews and services from other businesses around the state.

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