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Report: Two Md. Senators Urge $100M Fine for Pepco, BGE

Senators from Montgomery and Prince George's counties are urging state regulators to fine Pepco and BGE more than $100 million, according to a report by WTOP.

Maryland representative from Montgomery and Prince George's county are urging state regulators to take severe action against Pepco and Baltimore Gas and Electric following the June 29 storm and its elongated, widespread power outages.

Senators Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery, James Rosapepe, D-Prince George's, suggested fines reaching more than $100 million for the power service providers and "wrote in a letter Thursday to the Public Service Commission that the money could be used to create a 'Surge Reserve' fund to pay for additional trained workers to help restore power faster," according to a report by WTOP.

The senators also have opened an online petition for local consumers to sign in support of the sanctions, WTOP reported.

Read the full story on WTOP.

Jim Burnetti July 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM
A large fine will just cost the consumers in the end. A fine equivalent to the fee that they will collect for not delivering power on the first day of the outage is more proportional. Then, if they can't perform, revoke their franchise. Give someone else an opportunity to do better.
Joe Thomas July 13, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Grandstanding. Its popular to beat up on Pepco right now.
John Naughton July 13, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Councilman Riemer has a petition directed to Gov. O'Malley to fire his cronies from the PSC and replace them with people who will protect the interests of consumers, not their own. He is directing attention to the real problem. Frosh doesn't know what he is doing trying to make us pay a huge "fine." The power lines need to be put underground for those that need it and they should pay for it.

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