February 22, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers will be paying higher rates this year, with the average bills rising by several dollars a month, to cover the cost of upgrading the utility's infrastructure. Maryland's Public Service Commission, which regulates the company, said Friday it approved an increase to distribution rates that will cost the average residential electricity customer an additional $3.33 a month and the average residential gas customer an extra $2.70 a month. The utility had sought larger rate increases.
July 18, 1999
For the better part of the decade, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. has been trying to get homeowners to switch from oil, propane or electric heat to natural gas.If a neighborhood met BGE's criteria and there was moderate interest from homeowners, gas mains would be extended and residents would have to pay a flat fee to bring a line to the home and purchase a gas appliance within a year of being connected. No deposit was required for the conversion.Even though 11,400 homeowners converted to gas since 1994, many more, who once expressed interest, decided against gas conversion.
July 3, 2012
I realize that the current power outage is a unique situation, but the usual priorities for restoring power are supposed to be, first, hospitals, and then senior citizens' complexes. My wife and I are both 85 years old, and as I write the temperature in our apartment at the retirement community where we live is 91 degrees. After almost 48 hours, BGE should have been able to do something for us, but they don't even answer our inquiries. Right around now I would be really hot under the collar - if that weren't already my coolest spot.
August 2, 2012
When I read in The Sun ("Report from BGE details efforts to get storm crews," Aug. 1) that the average outage following the June derecho was 38 hours, I was doubly outraged. For the second time following a storm, the residents of Anton Farms Road in Baltimore County were without power for seven days. Baltimore Gas and Electric feels customers expect too much, getting impatient when electricity is out for 48 hours. Well, our community needs electricity for water and sewage, and seven days is well beyond BGE's average.
July 23, 2012
I live in northern Baltimore and was without electricity for a week after the recent storm. Our neighborhood looked like a war zone, with trees and power lines down on almost every street. But not once did I or my neighbors get mad at BGE because we realized the scope of destruction caused by the derecho and what a mammoth job the cleanup was going to be. Now the politicians are puffing up their chests and damning BGE to make it look like they are doing something. The dialogue has become an either-or discussion about whether or not to put power lines underground, which would cost a fortune.
August 3, 2012
I have read and listened to the citizens of Baltimore whine and complain about BGE's inability to restore power immediately after last month's freak storm ("Report from BGE details efforts to get storm crews," Aug. 1). Didn't they read about the crews they got from other states to help out, or the fact that they worked 24/7 in 100-degree heat to restore power? Didn't they see the number of trees felled or the amazing number of dangerous downed lines that could not be repaired in a day or two?