Gary Stockbridge,
Region President,
Delmarva Power
 
Newark, DE, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 19, 2008 - The initial steps of a comprehensive plan for reducing Delmarva Power customers' energy use while also improving their service were approved Tuesday by the Delaware Public Service Commission.

At the center of the plan is installing smart meters on the homes and businesses of its more than 300,000 Delaware electric and gas customers.

"We're going to provide our customers with the tools for reducing their energy use, particularly when it costs the most. These smart meters are just the beginning but with them, and other related initiatives, we can work with our customers to use less energy, therefore reducing customer's bills," said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power Region president.

While Delmarva Power's Delaware customers could see the new meters arrive as early as next fall, Stockbridge said it will take some time to fully integrate them to a point where customers realize all the benefits.

"With the Commission's approval, the detailed planning for installing the new meters can get under way.”

Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc., provides energy to nearly 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.