Max Curran Weighs in on Jump in Utility Bills in Baltimore

Max Curran Weighs in on Jump in Utility Bills in Baltimore

"No relief in sight from high utility bills", Capital News Service

October 21, 2007

J. Joseph "Max" Curran, III, Special Counsel in the Utility Practice Group, was quoted in this article about Maryland's experience with electric restructuring and the recent increased electricity rates being incurred by Maryland consumers.  Mr. Curran was a panelist at a recent Maryland AARP sponsored event to discuss that organization's advocacy on energy and electricity issues.

Mr. Curran, who served on the Public Service Commission for six years from 1999 to 2005, prior to the recent spike in electricity rates, said the rate caps imposed by the commission pursuant to the state's electric restructuring law did not adequately prepare consumers for the higher rates.

“ [The PSC] didn’t build enough of a transition for you all, to prepare you all for higher rates,” Mr. Curran said. He also predicted that unless new investment is made in critical electric infrastructure, Baltimore residents will encounter more challenges as electricity demand is expected to increase by 20 percent by 2030.

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