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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Public Service Commission is holding a hearing about proposed offshore wind projects.

The hearing is scheduled for Thursday evening in Annapolis.

The PSC is considering applications for the Offshore Wind Renewable Wind Credits that were created by legislation in the state in 2013. They would enable the construction of a 248 megawatt wind farm off the state's coast.

The commission is set to decide on the proposed wind project applications by May 17.

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Delmarva Power will be upping its customers’ electric bills by $10.40 a month or a 7 percent increase.

The hike was approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission.

The increase is effective February 15th.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Delmarva Power says it needed the money to help pay for $330 million it laid out for upgrades it carried out from 2012 to 2015.

The power company had sought $66 million from the commission last year but wound up with $38 million from the hike this year. 

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A solar power developer has plans for a 6 mega-watt commercial site on Plantation Road just northeast of Crisfield.

The project by OneEnergy Renewables would provide enough electricity for more than a 1-thousand homes from more than 21-thousand solar panels.  

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Maryland Public Service Commission has set a hearing for Wednesday in Princess Anne for public comment.   

In addition, the Somerset County planning commission will also have to give its okay.

A final decision is expected by Marth 11th for $17 million project.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to raise Maryland's clean energy use to 25 percent by 2020 has the backing of a key committee chairman in the House of Delegates.

Del. Dereck Davis, a Prince George's County Democrat who chairs the House Economic Matters Committee, said Tuesday he supports raising the state's current clean energy mandate of 20 percent by 2022.

The bill will be introduced in the next legislative session, which starts Jan. 13.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland regulators held a hearing on a proposed settlement with Uber that would place the popular ride-sharing company's operations under state regulation.

WBAL-TV reports that the Maryland Public Service Commission held the hearing Friday.

Uber is not currently regulated in the state of Maryland. But under the terms of the settlement Uber's subsidiary, Drinnen, would be required to apply for a motor carrier permit and hire drivers, whose names would be submitted to the PSC for background checks.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The chairman of the Maryland's Public Service Commission is asking utilities how they can avoid weeklong power outages after major storms, but utility officials say they can't tackle the kinds of problems they faced after this summer's derecho storm within 24 hours.

The PSC held a hearing in Baltimore on Thursday, and the panel heard first from Baltimore Gas and Electric.

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BALTIMORE (AP) --It’s the last day for Maryland residents to submit comments about electric companies’ handling of the ”derecho” storm in June that caused days of power outages.

Monday is the last day to submit comments to the Maryland Public Service Commission, which regulates the state’s electric companies. Residents can submit comments through the commission’s website.

PSC is planning hearings with utility companies on September 13 and 14.