February 3, 2015
The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia has issued Order No. 17697 approving the Joint Application of the Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to undertake the first three years of a plan to significantly improve electric reliability in the District by placing selected electric distribution feeder lines underground. The Order also authorizes an Underground Project Charge (UPC) to recover Pepco’s costs for the project and capping the total amount at $42.472 million for the initial Triennial Underground Infrastructure Improvement Projects Plan. The Order approved 21 projects in Wards 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8. The full undergrounding project is expected to extend for a period of 7?10 years at a total cost of about $1 billion. Work is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2015.
The Commission expects that the undergrounding project will greatly enhance the reliability and resilience of the electric distribution system as well as minimize the impact of more frequent severe weather events on electric distribution customers in the District.
A copy of the Order and additional information about the Application of the Triennial Underground Infrastructure Improvement Projects Plan is available on the Commission’s website at www.dcpsc.org/.