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Pepco and BGE are offering their customers free trees and advice on where to plant them.
In the scam, customers are told their bills are overdue and that they need a specific Visa card to pay them off.
Baltimore Gas and Electric says it will light its downtown headquarters with purple lights to celebrate the Baltimore Ravens' appearance in the NFL playoffs.
Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen says the sky was vibrating almost between blue and green and bright white after a high voltage transmission line left 70,000 BGE customers in the dark Thursday night.
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.
Baltimore Gas and Electric says it has deployed more than 40 utility workers to support its sister utility, PECO, with power restoration work in suburban Philadelphia.
Superstorm Sandy caused massive power outages in the D.C. area. WTOP has been updating the latest outage numbers throughout the storm.
Unless utilities fundamentally change how they distribute energy, they won't be able to restore power to all customers within 24 hours after a hurricane-like storm, officials told Maryland regulators on Thursday.
The Maryland Public Service Commission wants to know what type of smart meters the companies plan to install or have installed in their service areas and whether they know of any reports of electrical overheating or malfunction associated the new technology.
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