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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.
Thousands of residents in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are without power now that heavy rain and wind from Hurricane Sandy has moved into the area.
A storm of heavy rain and wind may knock out electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers in the D.C. region.
Pepco is offering two free trees to customers in an effort to help residents conserve energy and reduce electricity bills.
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