Washington Gas Application for Replacement of Aging Infrastructure Conditionally Approved by Public Service Commission of Maryland
On May 6, 2014, the Public Service Commission of Maryland (MDPSC) issued an Order conditionally approving Washington Gas’ amended accelerated pipeline replacement plan, commonly referred to as STRIDE, which will accelerate natural gas infrastructure upgrades and replacement projects. The plan will also provide current cost recovery for the company, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and costs to utility customers.
Washington Gas has accepted the conditions and will be able to recover eligible infrastructure replacements costs for projects initiated after January 1, 2014, that are not included in current base rates. The STRIDE surcharge will not exceed $2.00 per month for residential customers. Washington Gas will provide the MDPSC with an updated list of planned STRIDE projects for 2014 by June 5, 2014. Audits will be performed following each program year.
The plan will also provide flexibility which will allow Washington Gas, with approval from the MDPSC, to prioritize projects based on changing operating conditions, further contributing to the maintenance of a safe and reliable natural gas delivery system.
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