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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.
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NEWS
September 30, 2014
Power reliability was a foreign concept just a few years ago. For years, many of us in Howard County suffered through power outage after power outage. We lost freezers full of food, stayed overnight in hotels and risked running generators to stay warm. Sometimes, as in the case of the derecho in June of 2012, we were without power for days and weeks. Things have been markedly better in the last year when it comes to power outages, and lest we forget, I wanted to remind everyone how this happened and why we owe our thanks to Councilwoman Courtney Watson.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Holly W. Bennett Jr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. construction coordinator who had a second career playing Santa Claus, died Monday at his grandson's Halethorpe home of complications from dementia. He was 84. The son of Holly W. Bennett Sr., a steamship and fire boat captain, and Edith C. Bennett, a homemaker, Holly Wells Bennett Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville. A 1949 graduate of Catonsville High School, he was a member of the Marine Corps Reserve and was called to active duty in 1950.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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?
NEWS
July 3, 2012
Every once in a while, we get a sharp reminder that mankind is not "in charge" on this planet ("Post-storm swelter," July 2). After the storms of the last few days, a quarter-million people are without power in Maryland alone, with a total of about 3 million along the East Coast. Somehow, every single one of the people think they should be first in line to have their electricity turned back on. Most of the damage was caused by winds of near-hurricane force knocking down and uprooting trees.
NEWS
March 10, 2012
As I write out my check to Baltimore Gas & Electric this month, I am struck, once again, by the fact that these payments are processed out of state - in this case, Pennsylvania. Why is a Maryland utility that is a state-regulated monopoly allowed to move all the jobs (and the associated income for the state in property taxes, housing, income taxes, sales taxes, shopping, etc.) that come from payment processing out of the state of Maryland? Their answer is, most probably, that it saves them money, but it doesn't save their customers money.
NEWS
September 5, 2011
If not for the tone of the answer from Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, I would not have taken time to write. However, during a recent interview on WBAL radio, Mr. Kamenetz was questioned about his conversation with Constellation Energy Group Chief Executive OfficerMayo Shattuck. He was asked by the interviewer, "What did Mr. Shattuck tell you?" Mr. Kamenetz responded, "It's not what he told me, it is what I told him. " So now we have another elected official trying to call the shots for restoring electrical service.
NEWS
August 3, 2012
Problem: India is currently experiencing a power outage affecting 620 million people, or about 60 percent of its population. Solution: Call BGE and wait, and wait and wait ... Marc Raim, Baltimore
NEWS
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
The latest in a series of traffic-jamming construction projects on Light Street in the heart of downtown Baltimore will begin Sunday, as crews for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. close two of the road's five southbound lanes. The work near the McKeldin Fountain and the Inner Harbor will occur from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday through late October; work will at times extend into a third lane as crews replace a stretch of 36-inch-diameter gas main pipe that runs beneath the busy thoroughfare.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A leak on a natural gas line forced the closure Friday afternoon of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport's parking lot for people waiting to pick up arriving fliers. The airport's fire department responded to the so-called "cell phone lot" just before 3 p.m., and determined a leak along a Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. line, said Jonathan Dean, an airport spokesman. The leak presented "no real hazard to the public or travelers" at the airport, but the lot was closed as BGE crews worked to repair the line, Dean said.
NEWS
August 15, 2014
I agree with the sentiments noted in " Smart meter apathy" (Aug. 11). BGE showed up at my door the same week I received a notice saying they would be in my neighborhood. I didn't understand that I had to make an appointment if I didn't want them to shut off my electricity with no notice in the middle of my work day (I work from home). I refused the service. I never heard from them again. I have enough going on in my life that it did not make it to my calendar to schedule an appointment.
NEWS
By Joseph Ganem | August 14, 2014
In the switch to "smart meters," BGE is inconveniencing its customers for something they probably don't even want and is somewhat suspect, anyway: Just imagine the information BGE will be able to glean from real-time utility usage data available with smart meters. It will likely be possible for the company to not only deduce the number of people living in your house, but also when they go to work, return home, eat, watch TV, go to bed and so on, because all of these activities involve turning on and off appliances of various kinds and using more or less electricity.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. confirmed Thursday that it has settled a lawsuit brought by residents of an East Baltimore rowhouse partially destroyed in a gas explosion and the family of an 8-year-old boy who was killed in the blast. The family of Troy Douglas, the boy who was killed, and Henry Gaither and Danelle White, who lived in the house in the 400 block of N. Lakewood Ave., sued BGE in May over the explosion. The suit filed by Troy's family alleged that the company had failed to properly maintain its gas lines.
NEWS
August 11, 2014
The smart meter conspiracy theorists are no doubt buoyed by the news that BGE has been unable to secure appointments to replace the old, analog meters in the homes of some 350,000 customers. But there is no reason to think this reflects some groundswell of opposition to the new technology; on the contrary, it is a clear outlier when it comes to other smart meter installation projects across the nation and even within Maryland. The smart meter conversions for Pepco and Delmarva, for example, are 99 percent complete with opt-out rates of well less than 1 percent.
NEWS
August 2, 2012
So now BGE offers excuses for their poor performance in the June 29 storms ("Report from BGE details efforts to get storm crews," Aug. 1). They blame their expensive private weather forecasting services and the failure of out-of-state crews to respond in adequate numbers. Let's take these in order. Most of us get our weather forecasts from local TV, from the Weather Channel, from online resources and, oh yes, the National Weather Service. I don't know if these were better in this instance but they certainly weren't worse.
NEWS
January 3, 2013
Two points about The Sun's coverage of tree cutting by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. ("A bid to trim power outages," Dec. 23). First, I told the management of BGE at a meeting held with them by the Baltimore City Forestry Board in 1987 that their aggressive tree pruning was not working and to return to the old method. I also suggested that they contribute to city street tree planting instead of planting under power lines, as was their practice at the time. They refused on both counts.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
As bills go out with the first fees for customers who don't want smart meters, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is pressing to apply the charges to a much larger group - people the utility says have ignored repeated requests to switch out old meters located indoors or behind locked gates. About 350,000 customers with inaccessible meters - more than a quarter of BGE's territory - haven't scheduled appointments with contractors despite multiple attempts, the company said. That's preventing installation, but they aren't on the hook for the extra charge now levied on people who ask to opt out of a smart meter.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. had a $3.8 billion economic impact on the Baltimore region last year, according to a study conducted for the utility. The report, prepared by the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore Foundation, said BGE supported nearly 8,700 jobs last year. That includes 3,035 people directly employed by the company, jobs at contractors and the ripple effect of both groups spending their paychecks. The Economic Alliance said BGE's economic impact was on par with the effect of some entire industries, such as computer systems and design services.
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