Md. lawmakers to hold hearing on storm outages
Maryland lawmakers are planning to grill utility company representatives next week about why so many customers were left in the dark following last week's snowstorm.
The House of Delegates announced it will hold a hearing on Tuesday at which representatives of Pepco and other power companies are expected to testify.
"The committee would like some clear answers as to what went wrong last week, particularly in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties," said Del. Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George's), chairman of the House Economic Matters Committee, the panel that is staging the hearing. "It is unacceptable that so many residents were without power during last week's storm."
The hearing is the latest effort by Maryland officials to hold utility companies accountable in the wake of the outages.
On Monday, Gov. Martin O'Malley said he supports legislation that would impose fines on Pepco and other utilities that fall short of new state "reliability standards," including ones laying out how quickly power should be restored after snowstorms.
| February 2, 2011; 2:01 PM ET
Categories: General Assembly, John Wagner
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