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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.
Almost two months after the derecho ripped through the region leaving more than one million customers without power, an investigation by regulators into how utilities handled the storm is moving into a new phase.
BGE will cut down 31 trees, mostly along Main Street, in Hampstead. Town Manager Bradley Plante said at a town council meeting Tuesday that the utility is cutting down the trees so they don't fall on wires during storms.
Upset that Pepco plans to ask for another rate hike, customers lashed out at Maryland regulators Tuesday night, demanding they take action.
After every major power outage, there's a call to bury electric lines. The latest WTOP Beltway Poll shows which utility customers favor that move the most.