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December 10, 2013
Here we go again. Wasn't it just about one year ago when Pepco was crying for a rate increase? Now for 2014, Pepco desires yet another unwarranted, undeserved and unnecessary rate increase. Pepco continues to fail the public during times that require timely and efficient restoration services during unwarranted outages. Pepco customers deserve better for the high rates that we pay now, and I must agree with Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner and just flat say no to any more Pepco requests for rate increases.
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By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
A 20-group coalition on Thursday called on state regulators to reject a proposed merger between Chicago energy giant Exelon Corp. and Pepco Holdings Inc., citing Exelon's track record on the environment and fears the deal would give it too much power in the state. Exelon, the parent company of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., ComEd and PECO, in April announced a $6.9 billion deal to acquire the smaller Washington-based utility company, which owns Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric as well as Pepco.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2011
The state's energy regulator on Wednesday fined Pepco $1 million for failing to properly maintain the utility's electricity grid, resulting in prolonged and frequent power outages during storms and normal conditions. In its order, the Maryland Public Service Commission said Pepco, which serves Maryland customers in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, "compounded those reliability problems through poor customer communication. " The fine came more than a year after the PSC initiated an investigation into Pepco's reliability, which was prompted by numerous customer complaints.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Exelon, the parent of Baltimore Gas & Electric, filed its application Tuesday with the state to acquire Pepco Holdings, a move company officials say will improve service and boost the economies of Pepco's service areas in and around Washington, D.C., and on the Eastern Shore. Chicago-based Exelon reached a $6.9 billion agreement this spring to acquire Pepco, but the deal must be approved by state regulators, including the Public Service Commission of Maryland. Donna Cooper, president of Pepco Region, said she expected the approvals to be completed in the second or third quarter of next year.
NEWS
July 5, 2012
Pepco's response to the recent storm is indicative of how unprepared the company continues to be in situations that require timely and efficient operation ("Feeling powerless," July 3). The storm hit on a Friday evening, but apparently Pepco got next to nothing accomplished on Saturday and Sunday. The lack of communication and informational updates has been appalling. Pepco customers deserve better. To tell the public and the news media that it could take a week or more to restore service to 90 percent of customers shows a lack of care and inefficiency.
EXPLORE
March 25, 2013
Mr. St. Peter's recent letter (March 14) opposing fines on BGE and Pepco for their power failures during last summer's derecho missed the mark in several ways. First, the legislature gave the PSC the authority to fine monopoly utilities which fail to provide service for one obvious reason: to incentivize the companies do their job. There need to be serious consequences for failure. Second, the law explicitly requires that fines be paid by shareholders, not customers, as Mr. St. Peter mistakenly thought.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | January 31, 2012
The University of Maryland's award-winning "green" house, WaterShed , has found a permanent home.  Pepco , the Washington area's electric utility, has agreed to buy the solar-powered dwelling and plans to put it on permanent display as both a "living classroom" and an energy testing laboratory, the university announced Monday. Designed and built by a team of students, faculty and professional partners, WaterShed won the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon last October, besting solar homes put together by teams from 19 other colleges and universities from around the world.  The home was disassembled and shipped back to College Park after the National Mall competition ended, and has been sitting in storage while the university sought a second act for it. UM's high-tech residence not only drew its power from the sun, it was designed to capture storm runoff, a significant source of Chesapeake Bay pollution, and recycle water.
EXPLORE
March 7, 2013
This letter is in response to the article on page 8 of the Laurel Leader dated March 7 , "Rosapepe disappointed by PSC assessment. "  Mr. Rosapepe and Mr. Frosh may be disappointed about the Public Service Commission's decision to not impose a $100 million fine on Pepco and BGE for their slow response last year in restoring power. However I'm not. Here's why:  If Mr. Frosh and Mr. Rosapepe would have been successful in their bid to compel the Public Service Commissioner to impose these huge fines, who would have ultimately paid for these fines?
NEWS
By John Fritze and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2012
A Maryland congressman called on regulators to amp up pressure on the state's electric utilities Thursday after last month's derecho left some customers without power for more than a week. In a scathing analysis of the utilities' response, Rep. Chris Van Hollen added his voice to a chorus of local elected leaders who have called on Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and Pepco, which serves the Washington region, to bury at least some power lines. The Montgomery County Democrat also said the state should consider a proposal circulating in Annapolis to impose heavy fines on the companies.
NEWS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2012
A Washington, D.C. man was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to a charge that stemmed from a May home invasion in Glen Burnie, prosecutors said. Craig Stevens Brooks, 50, posed as an employee for the energy company Pepco and gained access to a home in the 400 block of Bousch Place, the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office said in a statement. He tied up an adult in the home and then ransacked the house, according to the charging documents.
NEWS
May 26, 2014
As the leaders of Powerupmontco and Reliability4HOCO, two non-partisan electric utility consumer advocacy groups, we were frustrated with your recent editorial critical of gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur's electric utilities reform proposal ( "Short circuit," May 19). For nearly a decade, Pepco and BGE's electric utility monopolies have failed to adequately invest in their distribution systems. As a result of years of imprudent management by these utilities, ratepayers are forced to live with bottom-level power reliability ratings, "blue sky outages" and contact voltage hazards.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2014
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s parent struck a $6.9 billion deal Wednesday to acquire Pepco Holdings Inc., 16 years after BGE walked away from a protracted effort to buy its southern neighbor. Chicago-based Exelon Corp.'s purchase of Pepco Holdings Inc. in Washington would extend its presence substantially in both Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic. But analysts warned that this second attempt at combining Maryland's two biggest utilties could be difficult to consummate because it requires approval from regulators in three states and D.C. To make the deal more palatable, Exelon turned to its playbook for the successful 2012 acquisition of BGE owner Constellation Energy, Baltimore's last Fortune 500 company.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
The state's utility regulators are asking Marylanders to conserve energy as demand caused by the cold snap puts extra pressure on the region's power grid. Higher electricity use means the regional grid operator "is managing a very tight power supply, especially in the BGE and Pepco regions," the Maryland Public Service Commission said in a statement Thursday. Officials also urged customers to conserve power during the earlier run of freezing temperatures this month. Conservation is most needed weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Public Service Commission said.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
Scammers targeting commercial property owners are claiming the businesses need to immediately pay a several-hundred-dollar charge to their electric utility, Maryland's attorney general warned Thursday. The scam is a variant of one aimed at residents. In this case, the callers pretend to be from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Pepco or other utilities and say the state is requiring a "GPS meter" be installed on all commercial properties, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said in a statement.
NEWS
December 10, 2013
Here we go again. Wasn't it just about one year ago when Pepco was crying for a rate increase? Now for 2014, Pepco desires yet another unwarranted, undeserved and unnecessary rate increase. Pepco continues to fail the public during times that require timely and efficient restoration services during unwarranted outages. Pepco customers deserve better for the high rates that we pay now, and I must agree with Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner and just flat say no to any more Pepco requests for rate increases.
NEWS
By Roger Berliner | July 30, 2013
For those of us in Maryland who have suffered from unacceptable electric utility service - and that is most of us - there is light at the end of the tunnel. Utility executives, think tanks and energy experts all agree: There is a utility revolution coming. It is a revolution that has been created by the innovative might of technology that is more powerful, superior and totally antithetical to the existing antiquated utility system. We call it Utility 2.0. It literally turns the existing utility paradigm on its head.
BUSINESS
By Kim Clark | May 31, 1991
The Maryland Public Service Commission yesterday approved a 2.7 percent increase in electricity rates for customers in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.In addition, the state regulators gave the utility serving the area, Potomac Electric Power Co., the go-ahead to start charging customers different rates at different times of the day.The time-of-day rates, which will range from about 15 cents a kilowatt hour during weekday afternoons to just a few pennies per kilowatt hour on weekend evenings, will likely go into effect sometime next month, said Steve Arabia, a Pepco spokesman.
NEWS
March 22, 1992
A Crofton substation operator was accidentally electrocuted Friday evening while working on a transformer in Bethesda, Montgomery County police said.Leonard Russell Ainsworth, 40, of Cambridge Drive died after he came into contact with a high-voltage conductor atop the transformer at a Potomac Electric Power Co. substation in the 4900 block of Del Ray Avenue near Old Georgetown Road.An employee of Pepco for four years, Mr. Ainsworth was preparing the transformer to be returned to service after it was decommissioned for a paint job, a company spokeswoman said yesterday.
BUSINESS
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.
EXPLORE
March 25, 2013
Mr. St. Peter's recent letter (March 14) opposing fines on BGE and Pepco for their power failures during last summer's derecho missed the mark in several ways. First, the legislature gave the PSC the authority to fine monopoly utilities which fail to provide service for one obvious reason: to incentivize the companies do their job. There need to be serious consequences for failure. Second, the law explicitly requires that fines be paid by shareholders, not customers, as Mr. St. Peter mistakenly thought.
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