- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2018

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware utility regulators say Delmarva Power customers will see a $6.85 million rate reduction because of last year’s federal tax overhaul.

The reduction stems from a settlement executed Wednesday by Delaware Public Service Commission staff and the Division of the Public Advocate, which represents consumers in utility rate cases.

The settlement resolves a pending Delmarva rate increase request that included $31 million in distribution costs to be passed on to consumers.

Earlier this year, the commission approved a petition from the public advocate requesting a Delmarva Power rate reduction because of the tax overhaul.

According to the settlement, instead of an initial proposed annual rate increase of $65, or 4.7 percent, a typical Delmarva customer will see a an annual rate reduction of more than $15, or 1.4 percent.

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