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Pepco AMI Rate Case
On April 19, 2016, Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) requested approval for an electric rate increase of approximately $126.8 million to recover costs including, but not limited to, the implementation of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in its service territory. Maryland Office of People’s Counsel engaged Synapse to evaluate the assumptions and methodologies used by Pepco to determine the cost-effectiveness of its AMI deployment. Synapse’s analysis found that Pepco’s analysis overstated both the market-side and operational benefits of the AMI program. Max Chang submitted direct testimony to the Maryland Public Service Commission on behalf of Maryland OPC demonstrating that the program is essentially break-even and recommending that the Commission require Pepco to provide regular analyses of the program’s cost-effectiveness.