$56M in Expanded Merger Benefits for Atlantic City Electric Customers

Atlantic City Electric and Exelon executives joined New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today to announce an additional $56 million in benefits from the Pepco Holdings Inc. merger with Exelon in March 2016.

The additional benefits, recently approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU), bring the total benefits to customers and the state to $126 million.

“The expanded benefits include more funds to support energy efficiency programs to help New Jersey customers save money, workforce development initiatives to fund or expand job training, and additional assistance to help residents in need pay their utility bills.

(Atlantic City Electric and Exelon announced a merger that would double the amount of incentives provided to Atlantic City Electric’s customers and constituencies. Courtesy of NJTV News and YouTube)

“With this merger, we have combined the best customer and operational practices in the utility industry,” said Chris Crane, Exelon president and CEO.

Governor Chris Christie
Governor Chris Christie

“We are able to offer customers and the communities we serve more reliable energy delivery, innovative programs and bill savings. We are also pleased to partner with workforce development and community agencies in the economic development of southern New Jersey.”

“A modern, efficient energy grid that is affordable for all of our businesses and residents is an essential ingredient to a strong and growing economy in New Jersey,” said Gov. Christie.

“Through their merger, Exelon and Atlantic City Electric are delivering on their commitment to invest in our people and communities so that we can continue making progress.”

“These new benefits will have a positive impact on individual families, as well as communities and the local economy,” said Dave Velazquez, Pepco Holdings president and CEO.

Dave Velazquez, Pepco Holdings president and CEO
Dave Velazquez, Pepco Holdings president and CEO

“As part of the Exelon family, Atlantic City Electric is stronger and better equipped to power the communities it serves with reliable, affordable and sustainable energy.”

As part of the merger approval, the order of the NJ BPU provided that Exelon would increase the value of the state’s merger benefits to make them commensurate with other jurisdictions that approved the merger after New Jersey.

These additional benefits include:

  • $7.5 million in spending on energy-efficiency programs for ACE customers, in addition to the $7.5 million in the original merger package, that in total have the potential of creating up to $30 million in savings over the life of the energy-efficiency measures.
  • More than $6 million in Workforce Development Initiatives to be paid in installments over six years to develop, fund or expand job training and workforce development efforts to help improve employment opportunities in ACE’s Southern New Jersey service area.
  • $4 million Helping Hands program for low-income customer support to be provided over four years to the Affordable Housing Alliance, NJ SHARES, Catholic Charities and People for People Foundation.
  • More than $22 million in additional customer rate offsets beginning June 1, 2017.
  • A one-time reduction of more than $16 million in the Non-Utility Generator Charge (NGC) and Uncollectible deferred balances, which means customers did not receive a $2.06 per month increase in the NGC and Uncollectible rates that were effective June 16, 2016, through May 31, 2017.

(Hear Gov. Christie’s speech directly. Courtesy of GovChristie and YouTube)

In addition to the new benefits approved October 31, 2016, ACE customers are already experiencing benefits from the merger, including new and higher standards for reliability, $62 million in customer bill credits for all Atlantic City Electric customers and more than $530,000 in charitable giving to local nonprofits.

More information is available at www.PHItomorrow.com.

Exelon Corporation is a Fortune 100 energy company with the largest number of utility customers in the U.S., doing business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada and had 2015 revenue of $34.5 billion.

Exelon Corp

Exelon’s six utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to approximately 10 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania through its Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco subsidiaries.

Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 32,700 megawatts of nuclear, gas, wind, solar and hydroelectric generating capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets.

The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 2.5 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100.