MD Public Service Commission has the power to fine BGE 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 BGE 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!