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Maryland utility regulators say they have set aside 10 days to hear a rate increase request from Pepco.
Pepco customers have long been frustrated by power outages that seem to happen too frequently and can stretch on for days. But that perception isn't keeping the company's leader from raking in big bucks.
About 2,000 people in Montgomery and Prince George's counties are without power Monday morning.
Pepco customers are questioning higher-than-usual power bills this month after smart meters were installed on their homes.
Pepco will not meet its target for the end of 2012 for completing installation of smart meters in Maryland.
Pepco's effort to have all customers on smart meters by the end of 2012 isn't going to happen.
Pepco is seeking another rate increase just one month after Maryland regulators approved another increase to customers' bills.
Pepco spokesman Marcus Beal says the utility company is pursuing a reliability improvement plan, which includes replacing older equipment, trimming trees and moving selected lines underground.
Superstorm Sandy caused massive power outages in the D.C. area. WTOP has been updating the latest outage numbers throughout the storm.
Government workers packed onto commuter trains and tourists flocked to the National Mall on Wednesday in the nation's capital, where there were few signs of the dangerous hybrid storm that blew through 36 hours before.