Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers with opinions about the utility's request for higher rates can air them at public hearings beginning Monday.

BGE wants to increase its distribution charges about $6.62 a month for the typical residential electric customer and about $4.26 a month for the typical residential gas customer. Maryland's Public Service Commission, which is expected to rule on the case next month, is holding five hearings over 10 days, each scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.:


•Monday in the Joint Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis

Wednesday in the Wohlman Assembly Hall of the War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay St., Baltimore.

Thursday in the Merrick Lecture Hall at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson

Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Town Hall Rotunda, 39 Hickory Ave., Bel Air

Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Dr., Ellicott City

Each speaker will have five minutes. People can also submit comments in writing — by Jan. 18 — to David J. Collins, executive secretary of the Maryland Public Service Commission, at the William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202, with a reference to Case No. 9299.