O’Malley Demands Answers From Pepco

By Brandon Benavides
|  Monday, Jan 31, 2011  |  Updated 6:28 PM EDT
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley wants answers from Pepco about the latest power outages. So over the weekend, he wrote a letter to Pepco Chairman Joseph Rigby.

“It is with great frustration and enormous concern for the 26,000 Montgomery County residents and the 1,500 Prince George’s County residents that remain without power that I write, yet again, to express my anger that we seem to be back where we started, ” O’Malley wrote.  “Why can’t Pepco perform as its fellow utilities do?”
 
More than 300 Pepco customers still did not have electricity Monday morning, five days after last Wednesday's winter storm.
 
Most of the outages were reported in Montgomery County. There were a handful in the District and Prince George's County.
 
O’Malley requested the Public Service Commission hold a hearing regarding Pepco’s response.
 
He also wrote he would introduce legislature allowing the Commission to fine utilities for poor performance and direct those payments back to the affected ratepayers.
 
With a new storm approaching, some of the out-of-area crews Pepco brought in to help with outages from the last storm are sticking around in case the utility needs extra help again.
 

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