Ward 5 Candidate Speaks Out Against Pepco
Some residents are not happy with the Pepco response times.
With 2,708 Pepco customers without power in Takoma Park, some residents are unhappy with the speed of the energy provider's recovery.
"A crew came yesterday to look at one major tree down with a mess of wires and cables. They said it would take a full day's work. Then they left. I guess they are looking to do minor fixes first and we have several big messes on our street," one commenter wrote. "I'll be amazed if it's all tended to by Friday. They say that fixing local spots takes the longest."
Another reader emailed in that her Pepco estimate was wrong.
"The PEPCO website estimate had been 11 p.m. yesterday," she wrote. "That has since been changed to 12:30 p.m. today. We'll see."
And now political candidates in Takoma Park are weighing in as well.
The solution to the Pepco problem is to embrace public power, Takoma Park Ward 5 special election candidate Eric Hensal said.
“My answer is that the public should control a public electric utility. Takoma Park must embrace public power and build a new electric utility for the city," Hensal said. “Takoma Park would be well-served taking up a leadership role to fight for energy-independence from PEPCO and create a new electric utility to serve our residents with safe, affordable and green electric power.”