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PSC fines Pepco $1M for electricity outages

The Maryland Public Service Commission on Wednesday ordered Potomac Electric Power Co., or Pepco, to pay a $1 million initial fine for failing to maintain its system properly over a period of years, and for subjecting its customers to excessively high frequencies and long durations of electric outages.

The PSC said Pepco’s inadequate tree-trimming practices resulted in lengthy service interruptions in 2010. Furthermore, the PSC said Pepco compounded its reliability problems with poor customer communication.

The D.C.-based utility has more than three-quarters of a million customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s county.

The complete order can be found on the commission’s website at www.psc.state.md.us.