Utility battle in DC pits residents against corporate interests

The Chicago-based energy giant Exelon wants to merge with Pepco and take control of DC’s power grid. If the merger passes, it will raise energy bills and lower the reliability of services for DC residents. It’s a bad deal and serves the interests of no one other than a massive energy company and their political cronies. “Becoming the largest utility in the country and monopoly control over the regional energy market is great business for Exelon, but it only means rising utility bills, less local control, and less energy choices for DC ratepayers.” states Tim Judson, the Executive Director of Nuclear Information & Resource Service (NIRS).

If Mayor Bowser joined the opposition of the merger, it could have a huge impact on the deal. Take action by contacting the Mayor’s office here and make your voice heard!

On top of higher utility bills and less local control, the Exelon-Pepco merger hinders the tremendous progress that DC has made in recent months regarding its investment in renewable energy resources. Exelon had a long record of opposing sustainable initiatives like wind and solar energy, and as a monopoly Exelon would have the power to pursue large rate increases against tax-subsidized renewable-energy homes.

When we heard about this bad deal, we joined Power DC, a coalition of twenty local organizations to oppose the merger. With the help of Working Families supporters, we submitted a total of over 1,000 citizen comments in opposition to the agency assessing whether the deal is feasible — sending a strong message on where DC residents stand on this issue. Organizations ranging from the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition (MAREC) and the Washington Peace Center to the majority of the city’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions have joined the protest. Representatives are also supporting the cause, with five city council members and the DC attorney general speaking out against this bad deal. exelon-pepco-merger-stop-the-power-grab

However, Exelon isn’t giving up easily. Mayor Muriel Browser has yet to take a position on the merger, and close-room discussions where corporate lobbyists seek to influence the Mayor are happening as we speak. The voices of concerned citizen’s need to be heard so we can sway the mayor to away from a deal that will hurt District residents.

If Bowser joined the opposition of the merger, it could have a huge impact on the deal. Take action by contacting the Mayor’s office here and make your voice heard!