Curran Comments on Consumer Needs

Curran Comments on Consumer Needs
January 12, 2007

J. Joseph "Max" Curran, III, Special Counsel in the Firm's Utility Practice Group and a former Commissioner on Maryland's Public Service Commission (PSC), commented on Governor-elect Martin O'Malley's responsibility to deal with consumer concerns when it comes to utility rates.

Mr. Curran said the public's reaction last year regarding Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) higher rates should remind regulators and utility officials that consumers do not like dramatic changes in their power bills.

"People like predictability and stability in rates," Mr. Curran said.  "That is a very critical need for consumers."

Mr. Curran also predicted that new state utility regulators will probably establish incentives for the construction of new power lines, power plants and programs to encourage consumers to conserve electricity.