Columbia Gas of Maryland (CMD) filed a request to Maryland’s PSC to establish its second five-year STRIDE Plan (STRIDE 2) and associated surcharge under the provisions of Maryland Public Utilities Article §4-210. For STRIDE 2, CMD proposed to accelerate replacement of bare steel and cast-iron mains from 7.56 miles to 8.5 miles per year. Within its role as a consumer advocate, Maryland’s Office of People’s Counsel (OPC) intervened in the proceeding on behalf of BGE’s residential consumers.
DHInfrastructure was hired by OPC to support its staff with the review of CMD’s proposed STRIDE 2 plan and surcharge recovery mechanism. Our evaluation of CMD’s proposed plan focused on whether its leak records demonstrated that the condition of the proposed assets had degraded, and thus required a further accelerated plan. We submitted pre-filed and oral testimony to the Maryland PSC that summarized our findings and recommended that CMD be required to submit a STRIDE 2 plan that maintained the existing replacement schedule.