Wednesday, July 11, 2012

You. Are. Kidding.

For those in Maryland who sweltered last week because PEPCO did not restore your power promptly:  your next bill is going to be higher.  You see, with the power out, PEPCO lost money.  So they are adding a surcharge to make up the loss.  Yes, because they've been lax about trimming trees, etc., they are going to charge YOU.  Because you had no power.  And it's completely legal in Maryland. 


  1. I'm in MD. I sweltered for only 22 hours.

    Pepco will be the first up against the wall when the revolution comes. I can't wait to hear the outcry against this.

  2. So they provide a service in exchange for your $. When they are not
    providing the service they expect more of your $?

    I want to own the PEPCO restaurant. "Sorry, but you won't get a
    waitress or food. Here is your bill."

  3. Make sense...for Maryland. Those people don't think right...excluding Maura of course:)

  4. For some reason, Maura's last post isn't appearing. It's as follows:

    Ah. More to the story. I got a little pissed, and started digging.

    Pepco has asked the MD Legislature to delay a previously planned vote to raise rates:

    "Embattled power company Pepco has asked a public regulator to delay a ruling on the utility's request to raise Maryland customer's electric bills, which was to come by Friday.

    In the last week and a half, hundreds of thousands of Pepco customers have lost their power, with many living for more than a week without electricity -- surviving stifling heat without air conditioning. Some residents still have not regained power.

    As a result, the request before the Maryland Public Service Commission to raise rates comes at an inconvenient time for Pepco. The company has asked for the decision to be delayed until Friday, July 20.

    "The company, the commission and its staff have been focused on storm restoration efforts for Pepco and the other utility companies in the state," a company spokesman said. "In order to allow the focus to remain on restoration activities, Pepco requested a delay in the issuance of the commission's order."

    Thanks for the update. PEPCO has such a bad reputation (I am constantly thinking I'm glad they aren't my power company any more) that it's easy to believe the worst.

  5. ANOTHER reason I don't live in MD...

  6. Maura - I'm still seeing things like this: "WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) Some of you will see an extra charge in your next electric bill because Pepco and BGE lost money when they couldn't charge customers to deliver power during the storm outage.

    "The storm adjustment kicks in automatically," said Maryland Public Service Commission spokeswoman Regina Davis. "The BSA (Bill Stabilization Adjustment) is calculated and applied by the companies, but checked by PSC staff and we make the utilities correct it if they get it wrong."