Make a Public Comment

Proceedings before the Commission often require input from the community in the form of written public comments or public comment hearings. The public can offer comments on open, docketed cases in various ways:

  • Submit Written Comments Electronically

If you are unable to attend a hearing, you may comment in writing. You may upload your written comments into our Public Comments electronic filing system, found here. After completing a quick, one-time registration, comments and photos may be submitted (by case number) in PDF format ONLY.

OR

  • Submit Written Comments by Mail

Address your comments to:
Jamie Bergin, Chief Clerk
Maryland Public Service Commission
6 Saint Paul Street, 16th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202-6806

Please be sure to include the related case number with all comments. A copy of the written comments are recorded and maintained in the case correspondence file. Public comments that were submitted after May 16, 2019–whether filed electronically, mailed in or handed in at a hearing–are archived in the Public Comments electronic filing system and can be searched by clicking here.

  • Speak at a Public Comment Hearing

Public comment hearings are typically held in the various geographical areas served by the utility or applicant involved in a proceeding (some are still being held virtually). Hearings most often are for utility rate cases or applications to construct generating facilities or transmission lines (known as a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, or CPCN, proceeding).

Individuals who wish to comment at a virtual public hearing may sign up to speak by sending an email to the email address listed in the hearing notice and, in most cases, will have about three to five minutes, at the discretion of the presiding officer, to make their comments. Because these hearings involve an ongoing legal proceeding, the Commission cannot discuss the merits of or possible decisions in a particular case. Hearings will conclude after the last speaker is heard.

Please note that members of the media may be present during these hearings, and as such, comments made by speakers may be broadcast or printed by news outlets. Virtual hearings are also livestreamed on the Commission’s YouTube channel. (In-person public comment hearings held outside of the Commission’s offices are typically not streamed on the Commission’s website or YouTube channel.)

Upcoming Public Comment Hearings:

Case No. 9717–Chaberton Solar Wild Turkey’s CPCN application for a 5 MW solar facility in Frederick County
Virtual public hearing: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 7 p.m.
To sign up to speak at the hearing and get the link to join, please send an email to psc.pulj@gmail.com by noon on May 21, 2024

Case No. 9725–Chaberton Solar Pine Rock’s CPCN application for a 3 MW solar facility in Carroll County
Virtual public hearing: Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at 7 p.m.
To sign up to speak at the hearing and get the link to join, please send an email to psc.pulj@gmail.com by noon on June 25, 2024

Case No. 9707–Future of Gas proceeding (Petition of the Office of People’s Counsel)
Comment hearing: Thursday, July 25, 2024 at 10 a.m.
To participate in the hearing, please send an email to kimberly.schock@maryland.gov by July 11, 2024 (in-person only, no virtual option)

Some public comment hearings are still being held virtually. Participation details and instructions will be found in the hearing notice.

Cases/proceedings open for WRITTEN comments:

Rulemaking 76–Utility Cybersecurity Practices
Written comments deadline: May 22, 2024
Rulemaking session: June 11, 2024 at 10 a.m.

Public Conference 60–Maryland Energy Advocates Coalition Petition for Rulemaking (POR reforms)
Written comments deadline: June 11, 2024
Hearing: June 27, 2024 at 10 a.m.

Case No. 9353–Annual Review of Electric Reliability
Written comments deadline: July 16, 2024
Hearing: July 30, 2024 at 10 a.m.

Case lists:
Energy Generation and Siting (CPCN) Cases
Utility Rate Cases