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Pepco, BGE to answer for poor performance

Tuesday - 9/27/2011, 8:13am  ET

Officials want to hear from the public

Kate Ryan, WTOP news

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WASHINGTON -- Maryland officials want to know why Pepco and Baltimore Gas and Electric customers were without power for up to a week after Hurricane Irene slammed into the region.

Hearings will be held in October, with public comment strongly encouraged. On Tuesday, the Prince George's County Council is holding a briefing on the investigation.

BGE says it cost the utility $81 million to restore electricity to customers after Hurricane Irene.

In a report to the Maryland Public Service Commission, BGE said about 756,000 customers lost power for an average of 37 hours after Irene.

Most customers got power back within five days, although some were without electricity for up to eight days.

The Baltimore Sun reports that BGE ratepayers will probably pay for some of the $81 million cleanup. Spokesman Rob Gould said BGE will eventually seek to recover Irene-related costs through the PSC process.

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