Some Maryland lawmakers want to fine utility companies that are not reliable.
They will introduce new legislation after thousands of frustrated Pepco customers were without power for days in Montgomery
and Prince George’s counties.
"This is not just about residential ratepayers. This is about our economy. It's about businesses," Feldman said. "The simple fact is that in this region, which prides itself on being a high-tech corridor, we shouldn't lag behind Third World nations when it comes to electricity reliability."
The bill also will include penalties for utilities that don't meet the standards. The fines would be directed back to customers.
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Published at 3:19 PM EDT on Feb 1, 2011
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