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Senator To Introduce Bill In Special Session Banning Pepco From Overcharging After Outages

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File photo of a "no power" sign from the aftermath of the Mid-Atlantic storm. (credit: Getty Images)

File photo of a “no power” sign from the aftermath of the Mid-Atlantic storm. (credit: Getty Images)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC) – Along with gambling expansion and doggie rules, a state senator from Montgomery County would like to discuss a bill designed specifically for Pepco.

State Senator Brian Frosh is using the special session, called primarily to iron out the gambling expansion issue, to introduce a bill that would make it illegal for Pepco and BGE (Baltimore Gas & Electric) to bill customers extra money to make up for profits the companies lost during power outages.

This push comes just days after former Rockville mayor, Susan Hoffmann proposed that the Maryland Public Service Commission expand its membership to “more appropriately reflect the average electric consumer”.

The PSC approved an $18 million rate increase for Maryland customers, after Pepco lost out on days of service after the Derecho storm knocked out power for hundreds of thousands in the area.

Frosh says he just wants to get the bill considered in the special session. If he does that, he will reintroduce the bill in January.

Frosh says, “If you don’t work, you don’t get paid. And that’s a rule that applies to everyone else in society. It ought to apply to Pepco.”


 

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