The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

Baltimore and D.C. Utilities Rate Hogs

Dec 10, 2012

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. wants to raise rates–around $6.62 per month more for electricity and $4.26 more for gas for the average customer. Only two and a half years ago, BGE already raised rates by $1.34 for electricity and 85 cents for natural gas. Meanwhile, in the Washington, D.C. area, Pepco wants $2 more from electricity customers, after already raising rates by $2 in July! The cost of energy has gone way down in the last two years. So why the rate increase?

Here’s where the money from rate increases goes: The CEO of BGE’s parent company was paid 17 million dollars in 2011, 11% more than in 2010. Pepco’s CEO was paid seven million dollars in 2011, and the CFO got three million dollars!

It’s time to stop this power play!