A public hearing on a recent Atlantic City Electric request to increase distribution rates about 7 percent will take place Thursday in Hammonton.

The public hearing, which was rescheduled from late March, will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Atlantic County Library System’s Hammonton branch at 451 South Egg Harbor Road.

The hearing is part of a process the Mays Landing-based utility faces after it asked the state Board of Public Utilities for permission to increase monthly rates.

In December, Atlantic City Electric, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings Inc., filed a base rate case, saying the requested increase would cost $12.69 a month more for the average residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month.

The average residential customer currently pays about $182 a month.

In its request, Atlantic City Electric said it wants to raise $70 million to fund infrastructure upgrades, build new facilities and improve the reliability of electricity distribution.

In its filing, the utility cited $16 million in restoration costs related to Hurricane Sandy in October and the June “derecho” wind storm.

The state Division of Rate Counsel says customers may file written comments as well, addressed to the Hon. Kristi Izzo, Secretary, Board of Public Utilities, 44 South Clinton Ave., 10th Floor, P.O. Box 350, Trenton, N.J., 08625.

Contact Brian Ianieri:

609-272-7253