What are the AMI costs to me?

At this point, there are no charges for AMI on customers' bills. Nor will there be any charges until after full costs are litigated in a future (yet to be filed) Pepco rate case. Meanwhile in early 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) announced the availability of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds to support AMI development throughout the United States. In the spring of 2009, the DC Council enacted the "Advanced Metering Infrastructure Implementation and Cost Recovery Authorized Emergency Act of 2009*" that approved Pepco's implementation of AMI to facilitate the company's subsequent application to USDOE. USDOE awarded Pepco $44.8 million. The Act required the Commission to determine whether the amount of Pepco's award was sufficient to make the AMI project cost-effective. On December 17, 2009, within the 60-day time frame prescribed by the Act, the Commission issued Order 15629*, finding that "Pepco had received sufficient federal funds to implement AMI in the District of Columbia."

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