ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says recommendations to improve Maryland's electricity distribution system could result in an increase in monthly electric bills by $1 to $2.
The governor on Wednesday talked about a report that contains 11 recommendations to help the state's electricity system hold up better against storms.
O'Malley says he believes most Maryland residents would support the monthly increase to avoid power outages that last more than a week after a serious storm. He says people have had to throw away groceries worth a lot more than the increase because of prolonged power outages. The money would have to be used to improve the electricity grid.
The report will be sent to the Public Service Commission as it considers the utilities' response to June's derecho storm.
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