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Posted at 1:56 PM ET, 08/19/2010

MoCo site of public hearing on Pepco

By Washington Post editors

The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on Pepco's reliability at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30.

The five-member commission, which regulates utilities and sets utility rates in the state, announced Aug. 12 that it was launching an official investigation into Pepco after a succession of huge power outages during winter and summer storms.

The commission said almost half a million people have been affected by power outages just in the last month.

At a hearing in Baltimore on Tuesday, Pepco officials defended their response to outages saying that customers' frustration stemmed from rising expectations. If the company fell short, it was in not communicating adequately with its customers -- to let them know how long it would take to restore power, a company official said.

The public hearing will be held on the third floor of the Montgomery County Council’s Stella Werner Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

Elected officials who want to speak should contact the PSC’s director of legislative affairs by Aug. 27. Others wishing to speak must sign in at the hearing room beginning at 5:30 p.m. Speakers will be limited to a maximum of five minutes. Everyone attending must bring a photo id.

The PSC announced on Aug. 12 that it would begin the investigation after morning and afternoon storms that day left more than 90,000 customers without power.

By Washington Post editors  | August 19, 2010; 1:56 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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