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Posted at 2:14 PM ET, 08/ 9/2010

O'Malley: Review handling of outages

By Washington Post editors

Gov. Martin O'Malley is calling on Maryland regulators to investigate Pepco's handling of power outages that affected 300,000 customers last month.

Douglas Nazarian, chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission, said Monday the commission will respond soon to O'Malley's request, which was sent in a letter late Friday.

O'Malley points out in the letter that a violent thunderstorm on July 25 caused outages that lasted for up to five days for some Pepco customers. The governor says outages of that length create economic hardships for both residential and commercial customers.

Clay Anderson, a Pepco spokesman, says the company looks forward to working with the governor and the commission to improve reliability.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 2:14 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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PEPCO (and other utilities) no longer feel they need to keep more than a minimal number of repair people on staff. Whenever there's an outage they have to bring in people from New Jersey and Delaware. Twice in the last few months, we've had neighborhood outages having nothing to do with a storm, each lasting about 12 hours. It took hours for technicians to even show up. PEPCO needs to fire some of the obscenely highly paid executives and hire more people who actually do the real work.

Posted by: risandy | August 9, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

And where is the District of Columbia's People's Counsel in this fray? They have been strangely silent in thier oversight role of Pepco, eventhough thousands of DC residents were without power for 4-5 days too. Of course, you wouldn't know that if you only read the Post. As far as the Post is concerned, the only power outage was in Montgomery County, where all of their staff lives.

Posted by: PepperDr | August 9, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

So much for 'de-regulation ' of the utility companies-just gives the utility companies greater ability to exploit the public. O'Malley should start investigations into insurance companies who are abusing Maryland resident's by grossly underestimating losses suffered by homeowners from the same round of recent storms.

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 9, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

OMALLEY grandstanding on the outages and not saying or doing anything about the over inflated prices PEPCO and BGE is charging MD resident is the very reason why he will not get support this time around from the average consumer.

OMALLEY SUCKS VOTE THIS IDIOT OUT OF OFFICE.

Posted by: B4DarkDC | August 9, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Maryland elected officials have been kowtowing to the wishes of the utility companies for the past 20 years. It's rather strange that NOW there is suddenly a problem.

Posted by: ceebee2 | August 9, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you, Governor, but this is not going to make me vote for you.

Posted by: gewaldron | August 9, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley's comments are a political stunt. Martin - you can solve the problem - just issue an order to have the trees that are causing the problems cut down. I dare you!

Posted by: DCguyme1 | August 9, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

You are kidding, right? He is aware that fixing power lines required employees? He does know there is a recession going on? He can look at his own state staff and know that no-one is working at full capacity?

I hate talk for the sake of talking. It just makes you look more stupid.

Posted by: camiwa | August 9, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Really? Calling for a review. Wow, what a great idea. And I say this sarcastically. Something needs to be done about this, it’s ridiculous. What is PEPCO doing with the money they’re getting from us consumers? They overcharge us and we still get substandard services. It’s apparent that PEPCO isn’t using the money for upgrades, maintenance or workers. I’m a Montgomery County resident however; I’m part of the working class not among the affluent. I don’t have money to replace spoiled food or money to put my family in a hotel whenever and every time there is an outage. I’m going to have to seriously think about whom will get my governor vote this time… O’Malley you may lose a constituent. Get it together!

Posted by: LatitiaP | August 12, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Really? Calling for a review. Wow, what a great idea. And I say this sarcastically. Something needs to be done about this, it’s ridiculous. What is PEPCO doing with the money they’re getting from us consumers? They overcharge us and we still get substandard services. It’s apparent that PEPCO isn’t using the money for upgrades, maintenance or workers. I’m a Montgomery County resident however; I’m part of the working class not among the affluent. I don’t have money to replace spoiled food or money to put my family in a hotel whenever and every time there is an outage. I’m going to have to seriously think about whom will get my governor vote this time… O’Malley you may lose a constituent. Get it together!

Posted by: LatitiaP | August 12, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Dear Pepco...BURRY YOUR POWER LINES AND YOU WILL NOT HAVE THIS PROBLEM EVERY TIME THE WIND BLOWS!! You are already increasing our utility rates, you might as well do something with the money instead of wasting it into a system that we have seen in the past couple weeks fail and fail again. Not to mention, it takes workers to fix these problems. But most businesses realize they are still making pre-recession profits with less people so why hire more people who need work which cuts back into your profits? But for a company who makes their money from providing a service to the people 24/7, you have to do everything you can to keep this from happening. Its called thinking. Wierd concept I know. This is a crime and someone should be punished for their "IN-actions." I salute the workers who are working to get these problems resolved but the management and executives of this company who should be trying to re-place out of date utilities with better, innovative solutions, obviously do not have them or dare to speak up because it will cost money. I cant wait to move out of Pepco's grasp and watch them choke on mistake after mistake until someone with a solid business mind frame realizes that it takes an investment to justify quality results.

Posted by: BooHissMaryland | August 12, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

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