HOGAN, DEL. GOV UNITE AGAINST POWER COST HIKES: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is joining forces with Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) to fight an increase in electricity rates to cover the cost of a power line that will connect Delaware to a nuclear power complex that sits off its shores, Ovetta Wiggins reports for the Post. The director of the Maryland Energy Administration said that at least 385,000 Maryland residents would be affected by the rate increases. She estimated that the average customer would pay $2 to $3 more a month.
“We have expressed our disappointment, frustration and opposition in a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week and we have let the agency know that we are going to use every tool at our disposal to reverse this regrettable and improper decision,” Hogan said. Both Hogan and Markell stopped short of vowing to pursue the matter in court, saying they hoped federal regulators would change their ruling without the need for a lawsuit, reports Bryan Sears in the Daily Record.