Don't scapegoat Pepco
I must side with Pepco regarding power outages during the recent snowstorm. There were trees and limbs down everywhere. On Arcola Avenue in Wheaton, it seemed as if every tree had at least a limb broken off. Many whole trees were down. Pepco did not plant these trees, and Pepco can’t go in and cut them down. People love their trees and don’t want them “butchered” by having their limbs cut off. But when limbs and whole trees fall and take out power, everybody blames the power company.
When thousands of lines are down, it takes a while to fix them all — even in good weather. If you have to have uninterrupted power, buy a generator. Install solar panels and battery storage. For backup heat, install an efficient woodstove that does not require electricity to run. Or pay to have the line from the street run underground so your favorite tree won’t take out your power when something snaps.
You can’t afford that? Maybe you should not have bought the biggest, most expensive house — one you could barely manage to purchase. Nobody wants to take responsibility for his or her decisions and lack of action. It is easier to blame it all on the power company.
Sheldon Cheney, Keedysville, Md.
| February 8, 2011; 1:46 PM ET
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