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BGE asks PSC to approve acceleration of natural gas system modernization

Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. said Friday it has filed a plan with the Maryland Public Service Commission to accelerate the modernization of its natural gas distribution system to enhance safety and reliability.

The utility said the plan was in response to legislation passed in the General Assembly this year. BGE said from 1,200 to 1,300 miles of natural gas mains and cast-iron pipes — approximately 21 percent of its existing natural gas system mileage — has been identified for replacement.

Under the plan, residential customers would pay a monthly surcharge in the first year of approximately 32 cents.

The law caps the amount of the surcharge at a maximum $2 per month, which BGE said it would reach in approximately four years.