We ALL Need to Help Stop the Exelon/Pepco Merger!
by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network
DC Council Chairman Mendelson: Say NO to Exelon!
Via Email, January 16, 2015
ATTN: Phil Mendelson, Chairman
District of Columbia Council
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
RE: We ALL Need to HELP STOP the Exelon/Pepco Merger!
Dear Chairman Mendelson:
A few months ago, at a meeting on the fossil fuel divestiture bill that you introduced, I shared with you how I believe the acquisition by Exelon of Pepco is a threat to District efforts to become a renewable energy leader, combat climate change, and bring the promise of clean, affordable energy to all District residents.
We are pleased that Councilmember Mary Cheh, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, has recently announced a Public Oversight Roundtable on the potential environmental effects of Exelon’s proposed acquisition of Pepco.
However, the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) believes that this hearing is only one of many steps the Council and its individual members should take in response to this threat. DCEN believes the stakes are so high, that you, and hopefully your colleagues on the Council, will take an active role in expressing opposition to this mis-guided merger.
What happens if the merger is approved by the Public Service Commission (PSC)?
– The Pepco-Exelon Merger Would Hurt the District’s Poor & Middle Class Residents!
– The Pepco-Exelon Merger Would Hurt the District’s Progress and Targets for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency!
– The Pepco-Exelon Merger Would Dramatically Decrease Local Control of Our Electricity!
Learn more here!
The DC Environmental Network (DCEN), DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Friends of the Earth, Center for Biological Diversity, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, DC Chapter of Sierra Club, DC Climate Action, DC Consumer Utility Board (DC CUB), DC Divest, DC For Democracy, DC Jobs with Justice, DC Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition (TENAC), DC Working Families, Empower DC, Energy Justice Network, Grid 2.0 Working Group, Interfaith Power and Light and many others are working hard to oppose this merger.
We need you to join us! Not doing so puts your work and support on behalf of renewables and affordable energy for all District residents at risk.
The DC Environmental Network strongly urges you to:
– Testify or submit testimony to the Public Service Commission (PSC) in opposition to the Exelon/Pepco merger. The last PSC public hearing is on January 20th at 6:00 PM at the University of the District of Columbia Community College Conference Room (801 North Capitol Street, NE). SEE PowerDC website for more information!
– On January 23rd at 11:00 AM, participate in the Committee on Transportation and the Environment Oversight Roundtable on the Potential Environmental Effects of Exelon’s Proposed Acquisition of Pepco.
This is a big deal and the Council should not sit on the sidelines without taking a bold stand. It’s that important.
DC Environmental Network
NOTE TO THE DC ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK: LAST CHANCE FOR YOU TO TESTIFY TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION!
Momentum is building against the proposed Exelon-Pepco merger right when we need it most. On Monday night, DC residents and business leaders turned out to set the record straight on why the merger would be a bad deal for the District. On Tuesday, more than 100 Maryland residents appeared at a Montgomery County hearing, demonstrating overwhelming opposition to the plan.
At the last hearing, citizens of the District made a clear case for rejecting Exelon’s aggressive advances. If Exelon wins, residents will be left to pick up the tab for the company’s expensive nuclear power and the astronomical decommissioning costs associated with reactors. And Exelon’s track record clearly shows they are willing to play dirty—by crippling local solar and wind power—to maximize their own profits.
The risks are simply too great. We can’t afford to gamble with DC’s reputation as a leader in renewable energy, and we can’t risk shipping control of our energy—and the jobs that go with that—halfway across the country.
Let’s keep the momentum strong. Please join us along with Power DC on Tuesday, Jan. 20th at 6pm and tell the PSC that they need to serve residents’ interests, not corporate interests.
If you can’t attend in person, you can still make your voice heard by submitting testimony online here. Together we can keep our rates low and our energy grid on a sustainable path forward.
Thanks so much!