ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) - More than 200 Montgomery County residents proved on Tuesday night that losing power can be energizing, to say the least.
They testified at a public service commission meeting in Rockville, a meeting that drew a packed house. The meeting focused on Pepco's performance during this summer's major power outages. They had plenty to say about the utility company, none of it complimentary.
Many, of course, were furious at Pepco but also blaming the PSC for failing to do more. Maryland's PSC fined Pepco $1 million last year for its unreliability but customers say that did not have any impact. Pepco has launched a $910 million, 5-year plan to improve service but continues to ask for rate hikes. The PSC just granted Pepco an $18 million rate hike instead of its requested $68 million but the power company wants to ask for more money from their customers.
Members of Maryland's Public Service Commission can expect to hear a lot more outrage about Pepco's response to the derecho storm. After a first public hearing Tuesday night in Rockville, Wednesday night the PSC heads to Largo to hear from utility customers.
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