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  • CCAN Hails Rejection of Exelon-Pepco Merger Plan by D.C. Regulators | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    major victory against corporate monopoly and for a clean reliable and efficient 21st century electric grid This decision came after especially effective organizing and opposition from the Power DC coalition led by Anya Schoolman Rob Robinson and other leaders across the District Mike Tidwell director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network a group that intervened before the PSC in Maryland against the proposed merger released the following statement in response Today s ruling is a major victory for people across D C Maryland Delaware and New Jersey and for the growth of clean energy across our region In the end all of Exelon s money lawyers and lobbyists couldn t mask the overwhelming facts confirmed today by the D C PSC that this deal would be a boon for Exelon and Pepco shareholders and bad for virtually everyone else We applaud the PSC for recognizing that this nearly 7 billion proposed merger would have raised rates and stunted wind and solar development as well as efficiency gains across D C s customer base for electricity In the end the D C PSC joined with the District s environmental community six Councilmembers 27 out of DC s 40 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions ANC the Office of People s Counsel and many others in rejecting this deal Now that this harmful monopolistic proposal has been rejected it is time to give new life to real solutions to D C and Maryland s energy challenges These solutions include a significant expansion of wind and solar power energy efficiency gains community based energy systems and microgrids and improved overall grid reliability One good idea that emerged from the proposed Exelon Pepco was to create a PSC guided process to explore performance based ratemaking Utilities should be rewarded based on how well they perform on energy

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/ccan-hails-rejection-of-exelon-pepco-merger-plan-by-d-c-regulators/ (2016-05-02)
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  • As the Exelon-Pepco Saga Drags On, New Questions Surface About Shady Politics | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    the day again Documents finally released by the Office of the City Administrator albeit with lots of suspect redactions indicate that Mayor Muriel Bowser misled the public about who negotiated her settlement deal last fall and give more indication of a quid pro quo FOIA documents suggest that Exelon and Pepco s main points of contact were actually Deputy Director of the Mayor s Office of Legal Counsel Ronald Ross and his boss Director of the Mayor s Office of Legal Counsel Mark Tuohey not City Administrator Rashad Young or Tommy Wells head of the Department of Energy and Environment as the mayor s office has claimed No emails surrendered by the City Administrator s office show Young initiating or otherwise leading settlement communications In fact Ross and Tuohey are the DC officials who receive financial information for settlement purposes at 10 55 p m on Saturday September 19th the day after Mayor Bowser and Pepco announced their highly unusual 25 million naming rights deal That deal paved the way for Mayor Bowser s prized soccer stadium project Did it also pave the way for Mayor Bowser to settle with Exelon and ink the deal rejected last Friday as not in the public interest The released emails suggest a correlation Why would the Mayor s office not reveal the real negotiators Notably Ross is tied to Pepco through his former boss Kevin Fitzgerald who was also involved in settlement negotiations Both worked together at the law firm Troutman Sanders Furthermore Ross and Tuohey served together on the D C Sports and Entertainment Commission the infamous body that got D C taxpayers to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to build a baseball stadium Did they play a role in the Mayor s soccergate deal too In response to this new

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/exelon-pepco-saga-drags-on-new-questions-surface-shady-politics/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Public Interest Groups Demand Probe of Ethical Questions Surrounding Mayor Bowser’s Backing of Pepco Merger | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    ensure that there was no impropriety collusion or unethical conduct of any kind The groups Public Citizen and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network also issued a Freedom of Information Act Request for all internal correspondence between the mayor s office Pepco and Exelon regarding the controversial negotiations DC residents deserve to know if pay to play politics or quid pro quos played any role in advancing this massive corporate merger said Craig Holman PhD an ethics expert and Government Affairs Lobbyist at the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen If the mayor has nothing to hide then we expect she ll support this investigation and help clear the air These latest developments come in the wake of scrutiny over Mayor Bowser s super PAC called FreshPAC and the role of pay to play politics in her administration In a radio interview last Friday DC Attorney General Karl Racine said that Exelon and Pepco should disclose whether FreshPAC asked them for money while the merger was being considered Among the lengthy list of reasons why this is horrendous for District ratepayers the mayor s merger deal at its core reeks the stench of corruption and scandal said Sherice Muhammad chairperson of the Ward 7D Advisory Neighborhood Commission There s nothing in the deal to protect DC residents from rate hikes or job losses Is that because Mayor Bowser had interests other than the public s in mind A deal that s good for DC should have involved DC residents through its ANCs and civic associations not in some back room We want answers Exelon and Pepco are spending millions of dollars in ad and lobby money to pressure the DC Public Service Commission to reverse its rejection of the merger The PSC recently agreed to review the Bowser Exelon settlement deal on an expedited two month timeline including a public hearing on November 17 The deal has been widely criticized for failing to address the merger s fundamental threats to DC including higher electric bills loss of local control and stalled progress on clean energy Back room dealing high priced lobbying and shock and awe advertising is typical of how Exelon gets its way all over the country said Tim Judson executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service If the PSC lets this merger go through we can kiss the promise of open accountable government in DC goodbye Ultimately community leaders said a range of steps should be taken to ensure a fair and transparent review of the current Pepco Exelon merger and future proposals like it The District Board of Ethics and Government Accountability should launch an independent investigation into the soccergate questions and report on its findings before the PSC closes the record for its expedited merger review on December 18 The Office of the Mayor should immediately release all internal correspondence related to the Pepco land swap agreement Akridge property DC United stadium and potential naming rights and or sponsorships for Pepco The District Council should establish

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/public-interest-groups-demand-probe-of-ethical-questions-surrounding-mayor-bowsers-backing-of-pepco-merger/ (2016-05-02)
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  • 20 Maryland Groups Oppose the Exelon-Pepco Merger | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    record the groups are concerned that there is no way forward for this merger that would produce the key reforms and positive elements that Maryland s electricity grid requires The proposed merger would take Maryland in exactly the wrong direction at a time when we should be investing in a modern and more customer centric electricity system said Tyson Slocum Energy Program Director of Public Citizen a consumer watchdog group Marylanders deserve a 21st century electric grid that delivers cleaner more local and more reliable energy but this merger would lock over 80 of Marylanders into a 20th century grid controlled by a single company based in Chicago The proposed merger would make Exelon already a top spender on lobbying in Annapolis and a company with a track record of opposing many renewable energy policies the largest utility company not just in Maryland but the entire nation Exelon is already the largest nuclear power plant owner in the country The Maryland Public Service Commission PSC must sign off on the merger before it can proceed and several environmental groups joining Thursday s event have already intervened in the PSC case Unfortunately Exelon has been one of the leading voices against policies promoting wind power and other renewable technologies said Bruce Burcat Executive Director of the Mid Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition MAREC which represents wind and solar companies across the East Coast But these smart renewable energy policies have helped bring the price of wind energy down to the point that it is now cost competitive with new traditional power plants while delivering health and environmental benefits Exelon is promoting an agenda that would raise the cost of renewable technologies in an effort to reverse the gains made and that will continue to be made as a result of these vital

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/20-maryland-groups-oppose-the-exelon-pepco-merger/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Why We Oppose the Proposed Exelon-Pepco Merger | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    must approve it and find that the deal serves the public interest As an environmental group we are strongly opposed to the proposed merger between Exelon and Pepco In Maryland we know this project is certainly not in the public interest Not only would it give Exelon a near monopoly over our state s utility market but also it would severely restrict Maryland s ability to transition to the clean affordable and efficient electricity grid we need Furthermore given Exelon s track record which includes opposition to many renewable energy policies we are concerned that there is no way forward for this merger that would produce the key reforms and positive elements that Maryland s electricity grid requires Today CCAN joined together with twenty consumer student environmental business and faith groups to announce our staunch and united opposition to this merger The Maryland Public Service Commission PSC must sign off on the merger before it can proceed and we are standing together to say Stop the Merger No Exelon Monopoly in Maryland Sign on letter opposing the merger Click here to view a PDF copy of the open letter signed by 20 groups opposing the Merger Press release Click here

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/why-we-oppose-the-proposed-exelon-pepco-merger/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Blog | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Virginia to putting a price on Continued My Top 3 Highlights from CCAN s 11th Annual Polar Bear Plunge February 3 2016 By Kirsten Collings Deputy Director Share We said we wouldn t let a blizzard stop us and you proved us right Last Saturday nearly 200 brave plungers turned out at National Harbor to join our 2016 Keep Winter Cold Polar Continued Meet A CCANer Baltimore Community Leader Keisha Allen February 3 2016 By Jon Kenney Maryland Community Organizer Share As president of the Westport Neighborhood Association Keisha Allen is a leader in fighting for environmental justice in her community Westport is located on the southern end of Baltimore Continued Letter from the Director A different kind of Never saw that before February 3 2016 By Mike Tidwell Director Share Dear CCANers When it comes to the weather how many times do you hear this phrase Wow I never saw that before Sixty five degrees and people in flip flops on Continued THE video to watch McAuliffe Dominion and 90 seconds of truth February 2 2016 By Mike Tidwell Director Share Time is running out to influence the most important decision that Governor Terry McAuliffe and he alone will make on climate change Which is why right now I want to ask you Continued Important Final Plunge logistics for Saturday January 29 2016 By Rachel Mandelbaum Online Organizer Share We re so excited that after the historic blizzard Jonas you re ready to make our 11th annual Polar Bear Plunge historic as well Are you ready to run into the Potomac Continued New date Polar Bear Plunge moved to January 30th January 21 2016 By Rachel Mandelbaum Online Organizer Share It s official In the face of possible blizzard conditions we have decided to postpone the Polar Bear Plunge

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/category/blog/page/3/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Dominion coal ash plan fails to protect Virginia waterways and citizens | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    From everything we know Dominion Power s plan to go forward with the dumping of toxic coal ash wastewater into the James and Potomac Rivers still fails to adequately protect the health of our rivers and local citizens Instead of holding Dominion to the highest standards the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality led by David Paylor issued lax permits that fail to require the use of best available technology and allow Dominion to discharge toxins like arsenic at levels that exceed limits set by neighboring North Carolina Dominion is now clearly trying to save face in response to deep public concern and calls for a federal investigation of its secretive dumping of coal ash wastewater into Quantico Creek in May of 2015 Instead of assurances from Dominion Virginians need regulators setting and enforcing strict standards that safeguard human health Neither Dominion nor Director Paylor have addressed the real root problem Dominion wants to simply de water the state s coal ash ponds and then cap the ponds in place This allows not only for toxic liquids to be poured into the James Potomac and other rivers but leaves the capped pond bottoms with no protective lining thus allowing toxic leaching to continue into surrounding groundwater for decades This falls short of the standard being enforced in North Carolina and South Carolina We believe Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Herring must step in to halt these permits and to hold Dominion to the highest standards under the law The real solution is to require Dominion to use the best available technology to treat the hazardous liquid and then to remove the remaining toxic pond solids to modern lined landfills that are properly equipped to protect against drinking water contamination Time and again Dominion has shown that it will do the easiest

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/dominion-coal-ash-plan-fails-to-protect-virginia-waterways-and-citizens/ (2016-05-02)
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  • DC Decision to Pave Way for Exelon-Pepco Merger is a Win for ‘Pay-to-Play Politics’ | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    from the Mayor s big developer friends at the now disbanded FreshPAC For a few shiny vague promises from Exelon that pale in comparison to coming rake hikes In the wake of this bankrupt process the majority of PSC commissioners have failed in their duty to protect the public As Chairman Kane emphasized the revised deal is fundamentally no different from the deal the commission unanimously rejected last summer when it cited an inherent conflict of interest If this merger goes forward it will be a clear win for crony politics Exelon wants this deal in order to milk DC ratepayers for maximum profits and prop up its own troubled bottom line After a barrage of lobbying ads and back room dealing Mayor Bowser and now the PSC have agreed to turn DC ratepayers over to Exelon without securing any substantive public benefit in return In contrast thousands of DC residents a majority of DC s neighborhood leaders and faith small business social justice and environmental leaders recognized the indisputable facts and fought this deal to the very end Today s ruling only sharpens the need for a citywide grassroots push for structural change in our energy policy and our politics Contact Kelly Trout 240 396 2022 kelly chesapeakeclimate org Mike Tidwell 240 460 5838 mtidwell chesapeakeclimate org The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is the biggest and oldest grassroots organization dedicated to fighting climate change in Maryland Washington D C and Virginia CCAN is building a powerful movement to shift our region away from climate harming fossil fuels and to clean energy solutions www chesapeakeclimate org SUMMARY OF SCANDAL PLAGUED EVENTS LEADING UP TO EXELON PEPCO MERGER RULING April of 2015 FreshPAC launched Close allies of the Mayor launch a highly controversial political action committee called FreshPAC A quirk in DC campaign laws allows unlimited contributions to the super PAC from companies and businesses including those with business before the Mayor and City Council The PAC is highly criticized by the media voters and members of the City Council as a fund that appears open to abuse and pay to play politics August 25 2015 Exelon Pepco merger rejected The DC Public Service Commission unanimously rejects the proposed Pepco Exelon merger as a fundamental conflict of interest September 18 2015 Pepco pays Mayor s office 25 million in Soccergate deal Pepco gives the Office of the Mayor 25 million in cash for vague naming rights of property adjacent to the proposed new soccer stadium at Buzzard Point The structure of the deal is highly unusual Researchers have not been able to find another deal like it in the country Not only is all the money paid up front at a very high price proportionally more than the Verizon Center naming rights deal but the brevity and minimized complexity of the two page legal agreement is virtually unprecedented September 19 2015 Exelon presents merger settlement financial terms the day after Soccergate payment Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/dc-decision-exelon-pepco-merger-win-for-pay-to-play-politics/ (2016-05-02)
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