• Petitioned Maryland Public Service Commission

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Maryland Public Service Commission

Fine PEPCO $100 million for power failure

    1. Petition by

      Senators Jim Rosapepe and Brian Frosh .

MD Public Service Commission has the power to fine PEPCO for its power failures --
and to plan to use it to create a "surge reserve" of trained local technicians to restore power promptly

Senator Jim Rosapepe (D, College Park) and Senator Brian Frosh (D, Montgomery) have written Maryland PSC Chair Doug Nazarian asking the PSC to impose fines of more than $100 million each for Pepco and BGE to fund a "Surge Reserve" of trained workers to end long power failures.
And you can sign on to their letter.
In the next few weeks, the PSC will be investigating the PEPCO power failures and deciding whether or not to get tough. The PSC has all the authority it needs.
But it needs to hear from customers who were the victims.
"The results of (the power companies') failure to face reality and modernize are clear to all Marylanders -- food rotting in refrigerators, hourly workers laid off, small businesses closed for days, and hundreds of millions of dollars in goods, services and productivity lost by our constituents," Senators Rosapepe and Frosh wrote.
In 2011, the Maryland legislature required the PSC to set reliability standards and increased the fines the PSC can impose to $25,000 per customer per day. 
With this authority, the Senators urge the PSC to:
-- impose significant fines on the utilities for their power failures, based on the economic dangers they caused and the need to incentivize them to change their behavior;
-- develop a plan to modernize our electric infrastructure of the 21st century, including selective undergrounding;
-- propose a "surge reserve" plan to the Governor providing enough technically-trained local professionals to restore service promptly to customers in the next predictable extreme weather event. 
If you agree, go to the petition page and add your name! 


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Brendan Gaffney SILVER SPRING, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      We lose power during EVERY weather event. I understand that the power goes out during extreme circumstances, but it should not go out during basic summer t-storms with limited wind. Also, Pepco provides no reason as to why the power went out. If we don't know the problem, how are we supposed to fix it? I expect more out of a company making record profits. Reinvest in our infrastructure!

    • Bryant Martinez COLLEGEPARK, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      To help push to modernize our electrical infrastructure and remove vulnerable, unappealing, and dangerous power lines from our streets.

    • Laura McGrew BETHESDA, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      We were without power for 5 days and forced to throw out food and pay for a hotel room.

    • Carol Evans CLARKSBURG, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      I am signing this in support of the thousands of Montgomery County residents who not only lost power, but food, lodging in the heat, etc. Does one REALLY have to go into all the details - we lived through it!!

    • Gabrielle Vetter-Taaffe ROCVKVILLE, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      In addition, we need to hold the PSC and it's Chair accountable for their responsibillities. So far, I have not seen a prolonged track record of active governance on their part.


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