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BGE doesn’t expect to use peak response program

Baltimore Gas and Electric says more hot weather is coming, but it doesn’t expect it will need to use a demand response program that prompted complaints from customers and a review by state regulators.

The Maryland Public Service Commission is reviewing complaints from some participants in the program that allows the utility to turn off heating and air conditioning units when demand is the highest. Some customers complained that they were without air conditioning for up to 10 hours during last week’s heat wave as their homes reached 90 degrees.

BGE says it expects to have enough electric supply to meet demand, but is encouraging energy conservation and warned unforeseen operating conditions could warrant activation of the program again.