ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen says Pepco should not receive a 4 percent rate increase until the utility makes meaningful progress on reliability.

Van Hollen made the recommendation Thursday, a day before a deadline for the Maryland Public Service Commission to decide on the increase.

The congressman says ratepayers should not be forced to compensate Pepco for power they never received because of the storm that hit Maryland on June 29.

Van Hollen also notes in an analysis conducted by his office that Dominion Power, of northern Virginia, had more than double the number of outages as Pepco at the start of the restoration effort on the Friday night of the storm. However, Pepco and Dominion had about the same number of customers who were without power the Monday after.

Van Hollen wasn’t the only public official to target the power giant. Montgomery County Council members took aim at Pepco on Thursday, arguing the company does deserve to be eligible for stabilization revenue.

“Pepco should not eligible for stabilization,” said Councilman Hans Riemer. “A company that cannot keep the power on should not be eligible to make a fee when the power is off.”

In other Pepco news, All-News 99.1 reporter John Domen spent the morning speaking with residents in Rock Creek Woods who were irate over Pepco’s decision to trim trees in her neighborhood. The power company said the trimming was to prevent future outages.

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