Mediacom Franchise Renewal Public Comment Session Scheduled
Two public comment sessions have been scheduled for the Mediacom Delaware, LLC franchise renewal application (PSC Docket 13-431). Mediacom provides cable television and internet service to residents of Sussex County, Delaware. The public comment sessions are scheduled for Thursday, December 3rd at 6pm at the Millsboro American Legion Post 28, 31768 Legion Road in Millsboro, and Tuesday, December 9th at 6pm at the Bethany Fire Department, 215 Hollywood Street in Bethany Beach. Interested parties can also provide public comment by using the Public Service Commission’s electronic portal, DelaFile, by clicking on the 'Public Comments' link and referencing Docket 13-431.
November 17, 2014 -
Delaware Public Service Commission Employment Opportunity
The Delaware Public Service Commission currently has an opening for a Public Utility Analyst III. This position is responsible for examining utility company reports and financial records, conducing audits and providing testimony in public hearings and rate cases. Please visit Delaware.gov PUA III Job Link to review salary information and a complete list of position qualifications and responsibilities.
October 6, 2014
Commission Approves Review of Delmarva Power & Light Company’s Standard Offer Service
On September 30, 2014, the Delaware Public Service Commission approved Order 8619 authorizing the PSC Staff to conduct a review of alternative supply options for Delmarva Power & Light Company’s standard offer service customers and to provide long-term recommendations to help reduce electric supply costs. The review is intended to complement the work being done by the Electric Aggregation Committee led by Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock.
October 6, 2014 -
Delaware Public Service Commission Staff Works To Ensure Gas Pipeline Safety
The safety of utility gas mains has been in the news nationally over the past year due to several explosions that have caused loss of life as well as significant damage to infrastructure. Many explosions involve bare steel or cast iron pipe gas mains that may corrode or become weak over time and create a gas leak.
The Delaware Public Service Commission closely monitors the amount of bare steel and cast iron pipe in the ground for both Delmarva Power and Chesapeake Utilities. Additionally, the Public Service Commission devotes over 1600 man-hours each year conducting over 275 pipeline safety inspections.
Delmarva Power has over 1,900 miles of natural gas main pipelines in Delaware; Chesapeake Utilities has over 900 miles of main pipelines. Both utilities have replaced over 33% of their bare steel and cast iron gas mains over the past ten years, and continue to do so on an annual basis. Delmarva Power has less than 100 miles of such gas mains remaining; Chesapeake Utilities has less than 20 miles.
It’s important to note that the PSC staff has worked with the utilities on replacing bare steel and cast iron pipelines without adding a tariff rider which would increase costs for utility customers. This is a great example of regulators and utility companies working together to promote safety in our communities.
If a customer smells natural gas around their home or business, it is important to call their local gas company immediately so that the issue can be investigated. Customers should not operate any electrical appliances or switches if a gas smell is present.