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Frosh wants to stop utility charge during outage

ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland state senator wants to stop allowing utilities to charge a fee to cover storm-related losses, even after many customers had to go without power for days.

Sen. Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery, said in an interview Thursday that the current policy isn’t fair to ratepayers because it makes them pay for a service they aren’t getting. Plus, he says it provides all the wrong incentives to utilities.

Maryland allows utilities to charge a fee for the first 24 hours after a storm that causes widespread outages.

The Public Service Commission earlier this year limited the time to 24 hours. However, Frosh says utilities can ask the PSC for permission to levy more fees.

Frosh backed legislation to stop the practice last year, and it failed by a narrow margin.

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  1. I’ve lived in many places in this country and outside this country. Not since I moved to Maryland 6 years ago have I experienced this many power outages through PEPCO. THe outages are lengthy. I guess its been twice a year and for 3 to 4 days each time. I’ve thrown out so much food from the freezer that it really sinful.

    Brian Frosh has my wholehearted support in this effort to prevent PEPCO from benefitting from their negligence and cavalier attitude about doing the job they are paid to do.