The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold eight hearings where the public can approach power companies with comments related to the recent derecho.
A 19-year-old from Fairfax County who was found unconscious after being hit by power lines in the derecho has died.
David Turetsky, chief of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the FCC, told the commissions on Thursday that the investigation will also look at ways to improve the system like texting and the next generation of 911 service.
Pepco's performance during the derecho is under the scrutiny of the Montgomery County Council, as well as customers who are frustrated with what they say is poor service.
The prolonged power outages that many utility customers suffered through, following the June 29 derecho, have led to a call for heads to roll.
WTOP's Kate Ryan reports.
Just three weeks into summer and already some emergency services, including the Red Cross, are feeling the stress and fatigue of responding to multiple storms, the long heat wave and other calamities.
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During the derecho, Pepco had crews from as far away as Canada pitching in. That raises a question: Does Pepco have enough repair crews?
WTOP's Kate Ryan
A leaky roof forced the evacuation of dozens of apartments in Riverdale.
Two Maryland state senators urged state regulators on Thursday to fine Pepco and Baltimore Gas and Electric more than $100 million each for the long power outages residents suffered during and after a powerful summer storm that swept across the state in late June.
A Maryland state senator wants to stop allowing utilities to charge a fee to cover storm-related losses, even after many customers had to go without power for days.
The Maryland Public Service commission wants residents to weigh in on how well they think their electricity companies handled the massive power outages that occurred when the June 29 derecho left hundreds of thousands in the dark.
A number of local and federal agencies are investigating Verizon's system failure that left more than a million people without 911 emergency services after the June 29 storm.
Power companies trimming trees have made headlines in recent years, particularly after major utility Pepco blamed customer dissatisfaction on arboreal interference. These costs, combined with expenses for restoring extreme weather outages, add up quickly.
Almost two weeks after a severe storm swept through the region, leaving more than 840,000 Marylanders and about 9,000 Frederick County residents temporarily without power, insurance companies are still dealing with the aftermath.
Pressure is mounting for utilities to bury their power lines and to make sure there are enough people to help bring the lights back on when the power goes out.
At some Home Depots, customers will see signs that say, "Generators are not returnable if they are opened or used."
Downed trees. Damaged decks. More than a week after derecho, most are still assessing the damage, and want it cleaned up-fast.
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