Public comment hearings scheduled for derecho power outages

The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold eight hearings where the public can approach power companies with comments related to the recent derecho.

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 03:22am EDT

Man electrocuted in derecho dies

A 19-year-old from Fairfax County who was found unconscious after being hit by power lines in the derecho has died.

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:41pm EDT

FCC seeks public help with 911 outage investigation

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.

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 04:57pm EDT

Pepco comes under fire at Montgomery County hearing

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.

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 02:41pm EDT

Petition demands firing of PSC members

The prolonged power outages that many utility customers suffered through, following the June 29 derecho, have led to a call for heads to roll.

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 08:35am EDT

PSC could fine power companies

WTOP's Kate Ryan reports.

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 06:53am EDT


Disasters big and small deplete emergency services

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.

Saturday - 07/14/2012, 01:23pm EDT

Cost of losing power can add up

Kimberly Palmer, U.S. News & World Report

Saturday - 07/14/2012, 10:48am EDT


Residents vent as Pepco scrambles for answers

During the derecho, Pepco had crews from as far away as Canada pitching in. That raises a question: Does Pepco have enough repair crews?

Saturday - 07/14/2012, 08:19am EDT

After the derecho, is Pepco going to be able to charge more?

WTOP's Kate Ryan

Saturday - 07/14/2012, 12:51am EDT


22 Riverdale apartments need extensive repairs after derecho

A leaky roof forced the evacuation of dozens of apartments in Riverdale.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 06:54am EDT

2 Md. state senators urge big fines for Pepco, BGE

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.

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 07:39pm EDT

Senator wants to stop utility charge during outage

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.

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 01:20pm EDT

Marylanders get chance to speak out on utility performance

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.

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 07:23am EDT

Investigation into regional 911 failure widens

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.

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 06:14pm EDT

Utilities: Aggression not enough, need more money

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.

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 12:38pm EDT

Insurance adjusters busy after derecho

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.

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 06:00am EDT

Pressure mounts for utilities to give more outage info

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.

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 05:42am EDT

Generators bought for derecho can't be returned

At some Home Depots, customers will see signs that say, "Generators are not returnable if they are opened or used."

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 04:31am EDT

Avoid scams when hiring contractors

Downed trees. Damaged decks. More than a week after derecho, most are still assessing the damage, and want it cleaned up-fast.

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 08:11pm EDT
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