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Oct 29, 2012

How much is too much for utilities to trim?

As Hurricane Sandy pummels the Atlantic Seaboard, high winds have toppled trees and taken power lines with them. In the wake of previous severe storms, power providers have targeted trees in their efforts to keep the lights on. However, conservation groups see these towering timbers as crucial to the environment, and say some utility companies […]

Oct 29, 2012

O’Malley: ‘Unlike any storm we’ve had’

Marylanders should stay off the roads for the next 24 to 36 hours as potentially deadly Hurricane Sandy lurches toward the state, Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday morning. Speaking from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in Reisterstown, the governor said the coming storm would be “unlike any storm we’ve had.” “Maryland is right in the […]

Oct 29, 2012

Maryland Moment – Sand for Sandy

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Sep 24, 2012

PSC wrestles with billing after power outages

Maryland regulators on Monday weighed the possibility of changing a policy that allows utilities to bill customers for lost revenue during the first 24 hours of a power outage. Utilities in Maryland were once allowed to charge customers for distribution costs throughout long power outages, but the policy was changed in January to allow the […]

Aug 17, 2012

D.C. announces power line undergrounding task force

WASHINGTON — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray says he has appointed members of a task force that will investigate solutions to power outages caused by severe storms. Gray also announced the first meeting of the Mayor’s Task Force on Power Line Undergrounding will be held Aug. 23. The mayor says the task force will […]

Aug 10, 2012

PSC to reconsider billing amid outages

Maryland regulators are reconsidering a policy that allows utilities to bill customers for lost revenue during the first 24 hours of a power outage. The Maryland Public Service Commission announced Thursday that it’s revisiting the issue in the wake of complaints about utility performance following severe storms in late June. A hearing is scheduled for […]

Aug 1, 2012

BGE: Summer storm outages averaged 37.5 hours

Baltimore Gas & Electric said in a report to state regulators that a summer storm that knocked out power to more than a million people statewide, caused more than 762,000 of its customers to lose power with the average outage lasting 37.5 hours. The report laid part of the blame on weather forecasts. BGE said […]

Jul 31, 2012

Pepco defends response to massive power outages

Pepco is defending its response to the deadly outbreak of thunderstorms last month that left hundreds of thousands of Baltimore-Washington area customers without electricity for several sweltering days. The Washington Post reports that the utility said in a report that it “mobilized quickly, calling on both internal and external resources” to restore power to homes […]

Jul 27, 2012

O’Malley seeks storm disaster declaration

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says he is seeking a presidential disaster declaration for damage from a storm that knocked out power to more than a million in the state. O’Malley announced Friday that he was seeking the declaration for the city of Baltimore and Calvert, Charles, Kent, Montgomery and St. Mary’s counties. The […]

Jul 6, 2012

Tens of thousands still lack power in mid-Atlantic

WASHINGTON — Nearly a week after deadly summer storms struck the mid-Atlantic area, tens of thousands of residents still remain without power. At 4 p.m. Friday, Pepco was reporting about 4,948 outages on its website. Most of the outages were in Montgomery County. Baltimore Gas and Electric was reporting 20,427 outages. Baltimore County had the […]

Jul 5, 2012

Utilities struggle to restore power to thousands

Utility workers were working Thursday to return lights and air conditions to hundreds of thousands of people who remained without power after last week’s violent storms, even as more strong storms moved in. The number without power was dropping, but not quickly enough for those still in the sweltering dark the Fourth of July holiday. […]

Jul 5, 2012

Thousands still without power in mid-Atlantic

WASHINGTON — Thousands of residents are still struggling without power days after severe storms swept through the mid-Atlantic region. Pepco said it has restored power to more than 90 percent of its customers in Washington and Maryland suburbs since the storms hit Friday. At 5:20 a.m. Thursday, the utility was reporting about 21,400 outages on […]

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