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By Scott Dance | July 13, 2012
Maryland energy regulators will grill Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. officials on their cleanup after the June 29 derecho storm in a hearing scheduled for Sept. 13. Eight public hearings will meanwhile take place across the state in August, the Maryland Public Service Commission said Friday. Commissioners deliberately scheduled the public hearings ahead of the meetings with BGE and other state utilities. “We have scheduled the public hearings in advance of the hearings with the utility companies so that we can hear customers' concerns and use that information as we question the utilities and evaluate their storm reports,” Commission Chairman Douglas R.M. Nazarian said in a statement.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2013
Entering the foyer of Irv and Sharon Caplan's rambling rancher-style home just outside Stevenson in Baltimore, a visitor would never know. "What you're walking into is where a tree fell through the house," said Sharon Caplan. The initial horror at seeing their home after it was ravaged by the derecho in the summer of 2012 is now a calm narrative of loss, rebuilding and the renewed understanding of what is most important in life. "We were away at a family wedding in Houston when the storm hit Baltimore and a tree limb went through our beautiful home and then blew out," said the 71-year-old former partner in Manekin LLC, a commercial real estate corporation.
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By Scott Dance | August 13, 2012
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.customers will get opportunities this week to air concerns about extended power outages that followed the deadly derecho storm of June 29. Hearings will be at 7 p.m. each night Monday through Thursday, in the following locations: The joint hearing room of the Department of Legislative Services building, 90 State Circle in Annapolis, on Monday; The Paul C. Wolman Assembly room of the War Memorial Building, 101...
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
After last June's derecho — and Tropical Storms Irene and Isabel before it — Rodgers Forge resident Nancy Slaterback was fed up with power outages. "The problem's getting worse. It's not getting better," she told members of the Public Service Commission at a hearing on the derecho blackouts last summer that left her and many of her neighbors without power for the better part of a week, among 1 million outages statewide. A year later, the outrage has faded, but there is still work to be done.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | March 7, 2013
"Disappointing" is how District 21 state Sen. James Rosapepe, who represents Laurel, described the Public Service Commission's assessment of regional utility companies' response to the derecho storm that hit the area at the end of June. In an order released Feb. 27, the PSC found some fault with the area utility companies' response to the June 29 storm - which left more than a million residents without power, many for several days - but it did not issue the stiff fines that Rosapepe wanted.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2012
About 50 residents of Anne Arundel County and surrounding areas gathered at a Public Service Commission hearing Monday night in Annapolis to voice their frustrations withBaltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s response to the June 29 derecho storm. They railed against the company, accusing it of failing to restore power to their homes for days after the deadly, quick-moving storm, providing them with little information as to when power would return and failing to upgrade dated infrastructure in their neighborhoods.
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By Kathy Hudson | July 22, 2012
Because of the late June derecho, this is beginning to feel like the summer that wasn't. Many homeowners, neighborhood volunteers and leaders in Roland Park are still working to clean up and resolve problems created by the June 29 maelstrom in Baltimore. More storms and heavy rain add to the disruption. Almost three weeks after the derecho struck, a Thursday night storm on July 19 knocked out power to one of the leafy community's problem quadrants. Our Beechdale Road neighbors and others, for a total of about 59 households, were out of power again from 4 a.m. to near 11 p.m. Friday, July 20. These folks were also the ones whose power had not been restored for five days after the derecho darkened their homes and wiped out their refrigerators.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
After last June's derecho — and Tropical Storms Irene and Isabel before it — Rodgers Forge resident Nancy Slaterback was fed up with power outages. "The problem's getting worse. It's not getting better," she told members of the Public Service Commission at a hearing on the derecho blackouts last summer that left her and many of her neighbors without power for the better part of a week, among 1 million outages statewide. A year later, the outrage has faded, but there is still work to be done.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2012
One afternoon in early June, Ken Mallette was in Jacksonville driving from a funeral when he got a text message about severe storms striking Maryland. One of the storms' 11 tornadoes had just ravaged nearby Fallston. In his second week as executive director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Mallette arrived in Fallston in a matter of minutes rather than head back to the state's emergency command center in Reisterstown. He surveyed the damage and met with Harford County Executive David Craig.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
The multiple-day outages might have enraged some customers, but Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s power restoration work after the derecho and Superstorm Sandy last year won it an industry award for "outstanding efforts. " It's the third year in a row that BGE won an "Emergency Recovery Award" from the Edison Electric Institute, the shareholder-owned electric companies' association. The group's president, Thomas R. Kuhn, praised BGE in a statement for how it responded when faced with "a major restoration effort throughout 2012.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
A lightning strike injured a Cecil County zookeeper, half-dollar-sized hail fell in several counties and tornado sightings sent people scurrying for shelter from Rockville to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Yet the worst fears of weather forecasters didn't materialize Thursday. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center called the first of two systems that darkened skies and dumped rain Thursday a "low-end" derecho, known for powerful winds that travel in a straight line over hundreds of miles.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
Forecasters are watching an expected outbreak of severe weather from Illinois to Maryland that some are likening to last June's derecho; one meteorologist predicted it would be a "multi billion dollar storm" causing massive power outages. Storms were developing in Illinois and Wisconsin early Wednesday evening, bringing tornado threats from there through Indiana and into Ohio. Meteorologists say conditions could be conducive for those storms to strengthen into a massive squall line packing up to 70 mph winds, large hail and heavy rain.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
A quarter of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers had three or more outages last year, a rough stretch that included the damaging derecho windstorm and Superstorm Sandy. BGE's annual breakdown of its performance, released by the company Tuesday, attributed nearly half of the 2012 customer outages to those two major storms. But slightly more had other causes, including smaller storms, equipment failure and cars running into poles. BGE attributed 1 in 4 of the outages to equipment problems, a category that could include some failures during bad weather.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | March 7, 2013
"Disappointing" is how District 21 state Sen. James Rosapepe, who represents Laurel, described the Public Service Commission's assessment of regional utility companies' response to the derecho storm that hit the area at the end of June. In an order released Feb. 27, the PSC found some fault with the area utility companies' response to the June 29 storm - which left more than a million residents without power, many for several days - but it did not issue the stiff fines that Rosapepe wanted.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
State regulators investigating widespread, long-lasting outages from the derecho last summer ordered Maryland utilities Wednesday to take steps to improve reliability - and signaled a willingness to add penalties for "sub-standard performance. " But the Maryland Public Service Commission warned that substantial upgrades to the electrical distribution system would come at a cost to consumers. It directed power companies to outline by May 31 how they could speed up improvements in the next five years, along with an analysis of expenses and benefits.
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By Mike Tidwell | February 5, 2013
Not long after President Barack Obama promised to fight climate change in his inaugural address, temperatures soared to 70 last week in Baltimore - in late January. Our weather continues to be unrecognizable. Last summer was the hottest ever recorded at Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport. And across the 48 contiguous states, 2012 was the warmest on record by a huge margin. Globally, the heating trend - fueled mostly by the combustion of fossil fuels - proceeds apace.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2012
It began to rain yesterday evening as I sat on the porch with a pipe and a Manhattan, calm in the knowledge that the preparations, all that could be done, were complete. The grill and the porch furniture were in the garage. Five loads of laundry were complete. Coffee beans, enough for a few days' pots, had been ground and stored. Kathleen had made a large quantity of beef barley soup, and there was, of course, bourbon on hand. This morning, with the full force of Hurricane Sandy yet to come, I've supplied you with the word of the week, sockdolager , and the joke of the week, "The Sailor and the Pirate.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
The multiple-day outages might have enraged some customers, but Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s power restoration work after the derecho and Superstorm Sandy last year won it an industry award for "outstanding efforts. " It's the third year in a row that BGE won an "Emergency Recovery Award" from the Edison Electric Institute, the shareholder-owned electric companies' association. The group's president, Thomas R. Kuhn, praised BGE in a statement for how it responded when faced with "a major restoration effort throughout 2012.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
2012 will rank among the top five warmest years on record in Baltimore, and it was memorable for many other weather events -- from a mild winter to tornadoes to a "derecho" to Superstorm Sandy. Here are some highlights: Extremes included a 13-degree low Jan. 4, 104-degree highs July 7 and July 18, and 5.51 inches of rain Oct. 29. Seventy-three days reached below freezing, 45 days surpassed 90 degrees, and one of each was in April, on the 3rd and 16th, respectively. Contributing to the year's high ranking among warm years were several warmer-than-normal seasons, starting with a winter that saw the smallest snowfall in three decades and a spring that was the warmest on record . For the nation as a whole, 2012 is assured to be the warmest year on record . Maryland emerged from a drought that is still gripping much of the nation's midsection, but is still short of normal annual precipitation.
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