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Md. should reject Exelon-Pepco merger [Letter]

The letter "Exelon has been a good partner" (Oct. 8) misses the point when describing the merger between Exelon and Pepco. Maryland PIRG is calling on the Maryland Public Service Commission (MPSC) to reject the merger.

The Chicago based nuclear power company Exelon, is the parent company of Baltimore Gas & Electric. In order for the MPSC to approve the merger it must be in the public interest and provide tangible benefits to consumers. This merger does neither.

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The proposed merger would give Exelon control of 85 percent of the Maryland electrical system. This consolidation of power would give the company the highest number of ratepayers in the country and create a virtual monopoly in the state that puts rate-paying families and businesses at risk of rate hikes and poor service.

The concern of rate hikes is exacerbated by Exelon's business model, which is heavily reliant on aging and expensive nuclear power plants, including two Maryland reactors at Calvert Cliffs. The merger would put Maryland families and businesses at risk of subsidizing Exelon's nuclear power fleet in Maryland and across the country.

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Fortunately, the MPSC can reject this merger and protect millions of Marylanders.

Emily Scarr

The writer is Maryland PIRG director.

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