The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

BGE rate hike brings public anger

May 8, 2006

On April 27, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) finally held a public hearing on the huge BGE rate increase. The room in the state office downtown was jammed. People expressed their anger, speaking of the hardships it would cause, warning that some people, especially seniors, would die if heat were cut off in winter and fans or AC cut off in summer.

With tempers running hot against BGE and its electric rate hike proposal, the commissioners adjourned the public meeting. Two hours later, the PSC met behind closed doors and voted 4-1 to go along with almost everything BGE and Constellation Energy asked for.

Why didn’t they meet where the public could see and hear them? Obviously they wanted to hide their dirty work.

It will take much more than this protest to change the minds of the PSC commissioners and their rich friends at BGE. But this protest at least kept the heat coming up.