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Posted at 7:07 AM ET, 02/ 2/2011

Brief Pepco outages in D.C., Montgomery

By Martin Weil

Thousands of people lost electricity for a time late last night in the District and in Montgomery County, according to the Pepco Web site.

Shortly after 11 p.m., Pepco listed about 6,600 customers without electricity in Montgomery County and about 2,200 in the District, for a total of about 8,800.

Almost all had been restored by 1 a.m., according to the site.

The cause was not immediately provided. It was not clear whether the wet weather contributed in any way.

The largest concentration of outages appeared to be in North Bethesda, near the Capital Beltway and Rockville Pike.

As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, Pepco had 89 customers without power. BGE reported 642 customers without power, while Dominion said it was working to restore power to 417 customers.

By Martin Weil  | February 2, 2011; 7:07 AM ET
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10K customers out in a RAIN storm? Pepco is a complete joke. What did Baghdad Bob Hainey have to say?

Posted by: CapitalClmate | February 2, 2011 2:20 AM | Report abuse

This is a wake up call. As America's Power Grids infrastructure crumbles due to deregulation and excessive profit-taking/price gouging, "consumers" have to transistion themselves.
We need to reduce the amount of power we use, and find our own independant sources.
Wind, solar, generators, fuel cells, geo-thermal, whatever works.
Houses need to be more energy efficient.
Communities need to band together to install solar panels or whatnot.
You can not depend on the Grid!

Posted by: MarilynManson | February 2, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

The cause was a damaged underground feeder line, which Clay Anderson reported on Channel 4 around 6:50.

Posted by: CandyBet | February 2, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

All you have to do is take a really good look at the interconnections of the Board of Directors on Pepco Holdings.

Continue to examine some of them back to Pepco Energy, and Delmarva Energy..see where ELSE some of the board members reside on OTHER boards and where their POLITICAL interests may reside in the Maryland and DC area.. the list is fascinating, and it makes very clear sense as to why Joe Rigby isn't in the least bit worried about any threats made by ANY politicians from MD or DC.. in fact, the written threats are most likely planned in advance, with a wink and a smile!

If any of you think there will be some kind of resolution made by our local or State government, guess again. the joke is on us, ad we will continue to empty our pockets on this ENRON while they enrich themselves at our expense.

The only ways out are either to leave the energy area supplied by them, or, to get this to Rep. Darrell Issa for Federal Investigation..?

Posted by: CountytaxpayingCHNII | February 2, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Pepco is lying. Last night, the power in our building(hundreds of units at Grosvenor-Strathmore) went out at approx 10:30 p.m., came back on at 11: 26 pm, went back out after midnight, and came back on well past 1 a.m. Our building is in a row of similar buildings, each with hundreds of units. I was up all night last night studying by flashlight. We called Pepco twice and left two voicemail messages. The way they think they can treat customers is shocking and reflects how poorly the company is being run. I wish we had a choice and could sign up with BGE or anybody else.

Never believe a word Pepco says. Look at #pepcofail on Twitter or #pepcosucks. They have been absolutely horrible. They've lied over and over again to the media and to their customers. They simply don't care and they have let us know that they don't care. I've read tweets from customers who still haven't been restored from last week's outage. It was heartbreaking to read about parents trying to find a warm place to stay with their infants and small children while Pepco repeatedly told them to "be patient" and claimed that they understood. They did nothing. What horrible lack of responsibility they have shown as so-called service providers. I hope Gov. O'Malley lets them have it.

Posted by: circ180 | February 2, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Here in NJ, JCPL often loses power when the wind blows! We don't have a choice over who 'delivers' the power, but we CAN choose a supplier.

Viridian Energy offers greener, renewable energy at affordable prices. Currently 9.9 cent/kWh in Pepco area for 20% greener electricity.

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Posted by: BFoltyn7 | February 3, 2011 1:42 AM | Report abuse

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