How to fix Pepco
The 2012 “derecho” storm is the latest disaster, but the problem has been growing for years. In 2011, there were hundreds of thousands of power outages after an ice storm. There were severe outages from storms in 2010, and 2008, and after Hurricane Isabel in 2003.
In Maryland, utility companies are granted a monopoly in exchange for submitting to direct supervision by one agency, the “PSC” (Public Service Commission). The PSC is an independent agency, but the Governor appoints its members and has the power to replace them.
That’s why I started a petition on SignOn.org to Gov. O’Malley and the Maryland legislature, which says:
Thank you for joining my call to bring accountability to Pepco and Maryland’s utility companies. I welcome your comments below.