April 23, 2014 9:53 PM ET

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Company Overview of Potomac Electric Power Company

Company Overview

Potomac Electric Power Company, a regulated public utility, engages in the transmission, distribution, and supply of electricity in the District of Columbia and various portions of Prince George’s county and Montgomery county in suburban Maryland. As of December 31, 2011, it distributed electricity to 788,000 residential, commercial, and government customers, which included 257,000 in the District of Columbia and 531,000 in Maryland. The company was incorporated in 1896 and is based in Washington, the District of Columbia. Potomac Electric Power Company is a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc.

701 Ninth Street, North West

Washington, DC 20068

United States

Founded in 1896

1,471 Employees





Key Executives for Potomac Electric Power Company

Chief Executive Officer
Age: 53
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
Age: 55
Age: 56
Chief Executive Officer of Pepco Energy Services Inc and President of Pepco Energy Services Inc
Age: 53
Region President of Pepco
Age: 52
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

Potomac Electric Power Company Key Developments

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Order to PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., Potomac Electric Power Company, and Delmarva Power & Light Co. on Order Granting Rehearing for Further Consideration

Rehearing has been timely requested of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's order issued on February 28, 2013, in this proceeding. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., Potomac Electric Power Company, and Delmarva Power & Light Co., 142 FERC s 61,156 (2013). In the absence of Commission action within 30 days from the date the rehearing request was filed, the request for rehearing (and any timely requests for rehearing filed subsequently) would be deemed denied.

Public Service Commissions and Public Advocates of the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey File a Joint Complaint with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Against Potomac Electric Power Company, Delmarva Power & Light Co. and Atlantic City Electric Company

On February 27, 2013, the public service commissions and public advocates of the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey filed a joint complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) against Potomac Electric Power Company, Delmarva Power & Light Co. and Atlantic City Electric Company. The complainants challenged the base return on equity (ROE) and the application of the formula rate process, each associated with the transmission service that Pepco Holdings’ utilities provide. The complainants claim to support an ROE within a zone of reasonableness of 6.78% and 10.33%, and they arrive at a base ROE of 8.7%. The currently authorized adjusted base ROE for Pepco Holdings’ utilities is 11.3%, which includes a base ROE of 10.8% plus a 50 basis point adder for being a member of a regional transmission organization. Pepco Holdings, Potomac Electric Power Company, Delmarva Power & Light Co. and Atlantic City Electric Company believe this complaint is unsupported and intend to vigorously defend the current ROE and the formula rate process. On February 28, 2013, FERC issued an order in Potomac Electric Power Company’s and Delmarva Power & Light Co.’s proceeding seeking recovery of approximately $88 million in abandoned costs related to the Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway (MAPP) project. The order concludes that the MAPP project was cancelled for reasons beyond the control of Potomac Electric Power Company and Delmarva Power & Light Co., and found that the prudently incurred costs associated with the abandonment of the MAPP project are eligible to be recovered, but set for hearing the prudence of the abandoned costs and the amortization period for those costs. FERC required the deduction of previously approved incentive adders amounting to 150 basis points, as well as a 50 basis point adder for being a member of a regional transmission organization, resulting in a 10.8% approved ROE with respect to the abandoned costs. FERC also denied recovery of approximately $2 million, or 50%, of the prudently incurred abandoned costs prior to November 1, 2008, the date of FERC’s MAPP incentive order. While Pepco Holdings continues to review the FERC order and assess its responses to it, Pepco Holdings believes that the FERC order is not consistent with prior precedent and will vigorously pursue its rights to recover all prudently incurred abandoned costs associated with the MAPP project, as well as the full ROE previously approved by FERC.

Potomac Electric Power Co. and Delmarva Power & Light Co. Files Notices of Appeal in MPSC Case 9214

Potomac Electric Power Co. and Delmarva Power & Light Co. filed notices of appeal of a Maryland Public Service Commission (MPSC) order in MPSC Case 9214 in Circuit Courts in Maryland. In the MPSC order issued on April 12, 2012, the MPSC determined that there is a need for additional generation in the state. Specifically, the MPSC ordered Pepco, Delmarva and Baltimore Gas and Electric to enter into a long-term contract with the winning bidder of the request for proposal issued last fall. Under the contract, the winning bidder will construct a 661 megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle plant in Waldorf, Maryland, with a commercial operation date of June 2015. The order specifies that the contract amount for each utility would be proportionate to their relative Standard Offer Service, or SOS, loads and that cost recovery would be from SOS customers through surcharges. The order acknowledges concerns raised by the utilities and directs them to negotiate with the winning bidder and submit proposed changes to the contract to the MPSC for approval. Delmarva has concerns about the order, including the full cost burden being placed on SOS customers who may choose to switch to other energy suppliers, as well as the impact the contract will have on the utilities’ balance sheets and credit metrics. Because of these concerns, Pepco and Delmarva filed notices of appeal of this order in the Circuit Courts in Maryland.

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