• Petitioned PSC Chairman Nazarian & PSC Commissioners

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Chairman & Commissioners of the MD Public Service Commission
PSC Chairman Nazarian & PSC Commissioners
President of the Maryland State Senate
MD State Senate President 'Mike' Miller
Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates
MD Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael Busch
Governor Martin O'Malley
Maryland Public Officials

Fix the utility mess in Maryland

    1. cathy  eshmont
    2. Petition by

      cathy eshmont

      ellicott city, MD

We in Howard County have organized under the banner 'Reliability4HOCO' (find us on FB) and tweet #bgeaccountability. We have been unable to get adequate press coverage about our poor service reliability so we have been limited in the pressure we can put on the utility in our area, BGE. We are aware of how much our situation is like Pepco's but due to inadequate press coverage, Pepco customers one county over are not aware that we are in the same boat. But it's not about Pepco or BGE or any other utility company licensed to do business in Maryland. It's about the inadequacy of Maryland's utility regulation and the need for the PSC, appointed by the Governor, to step up and take charge. It's about the State Legislature repealing the Revenue Decoupling Act which currently allows utility companies to charge customers during an outage for the power they ordinarily would have used. Receiving revenue from customers faced with all manner of extra outage-related expenses (food, lodging) should equate to unlawful taking but it is the law in Maryland and emboldens the utility industry to continue with lousy business as usual. Further, the PSC must become more questioning about rate increases. Following deregulation, Marylanders pay extremely high prices for power, and also pay additional charges including line upkeep fees. We-the-people need an accounting of how our money has been used and will be used: no more rate increases just because the utility claims to have lost money in a storm. BGE and Pepco (and any other MD-licensed and regulated utilities) are both ranked in the bottom quartile nationally based on mathematical formulas on duration and frequency of outages and the index of the two. The PSC needs to put any utility licensed to do business in Maryland on a performance improvement plan until the companies are above the national median. Marylanders pay first class prices; we should not get fourth class service. Finally, Maryland needs a real plan to go underground. Stop with the scare tactics of how much it will cost and put together a measurable, trackable, transparent (and independently verified, not just concocted by the power companies or their paid surrogates) long-term plan to bury the lines and let's move Maryland forward to the 21st Century.

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    • amy siegel COLUMBIA,, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      We have probably spent thousands of dollars on hotels and on replacing groceries because of numerous outages over the last 20 years we have lived in Beaverbrook. Yet, BG and E says there is no problem? Perhaps if there were a legal way to file a class action claiming that the gas and electric company should reimburse people for the expenditures from the outages, they would get onto fixing the problem sooner.

    • Madonna Fick ANNAPOLIS, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      We had a portion of our neighborhood with power during the June storm. They had their lines reinforced - why aren't all the lines reinforced????

    • Kathleen Hiett GLEN BURNIE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      BGE and O'Malley only look out for themselves as is evident in the past performance of both......if they were as concerned about the citizens in Maryland as they are for their fabulous pay raises and casinos and their own interests, then maybe, something could be accomplished. Instead, we suffer and they continue on their merry way.

      • over 2 years ago

      Lost my power again today. We nevr used to loose power, even in the worst storms. Today makes day 5 in almost three weeks.

    • Kimberly DuPree COLUMBIA, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      We lived in Anne Arundel county for 20 years and had 2 power outages, one hurricane related. We had 2 outages, one lasting more than a day, the first month we lived in Howard County. The situation is ridiculous, and it is unconscionable that BGE can charge us for power we would have used even when we have no service. That only adds insult to injury.


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