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Electricity Rates on Trial

The lawyer for Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley will be in court this morning to try to block the plan utility regulators approved last month that gives electricity customers the option to delay higher rates.

City Solicitor Ralph Tyler argues in a Baltimore City Circuit Court filing that the plan "blesses and offers no solution to BGE customers who are facing a 72 percent rate increase."

O'Malley, a Democratic candidate for governor, wants the court to temporarily block the plan that was negotiated by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R) and has angered and confused customers.

The Public Service Commission and BGE oppose the city's effort because they say time is running out to let customers know about their options. The PSC order lets customers sign up for the phase-in plan starting Monday, May 15.

By Ann Marimow  |  May 10, 2006; 7:58 AM ET
 
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O'Malley is an idiot. His suit forces the judge to revert to the previous agreement that included the 5% interest charge. If he wins and they don't change the plan then consumers are paying MORE as a result of his lawsuit. Ironic since he's saying he's 'standing up for you and me'.

Speaking of which, last year he announced a surplus. In 2003 he went off about the city running a deficit. One of O'Malley's deficit solutions was to create and employ a 4% energy tax. When times got sunny again this year and with the pending rate increases has he made any move to repeal that energy tax? Of course not.

His running mate Anthony Brown notably voted for deregulation.

His brother-in-law, Max Curran, sat on the PSC during the days it had to approve deregulation and Max gleefully went along with it.

Will we ever see any of that in the news?

Posted by: Bryan | May 11, 2006 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Bryan | May 13, 2006 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Amazing, Baltimore Voter and the other O'Malley staffers who post here are silent on the negative effects of O'Malley's 'brillant' plan (and I use brillant in the most sarcastic of tones) to address rate hikes.

Posted by: Bryan | May 14, 2006 12:26 AM | Report abuse

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