Advocates, Consumers Slam Pepco Policy | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Advocates, Consumers Slam Pepco Policy

Play associated audio

By Peter Granitz

About a dozen people protested outside the Wilson building Saturday. They blasted Pepco for shutting off heat during the winter months.

Advocates are pushing the council to put a moratorium on cutting power during the winter.

Mia Johnson says she'll do everything to make sure her power stays on. She says she paid her bill faithfully at the home she owns in Bloomingdale. But in December 2009, Johnson says, Pepco walloped her with a $7,400 bill.

She says Pepco had been using estimated rates for 33 months.

"It's unreal," says Johnson. "There's no way that two people can consume that much electricity, where we're out of the house at 6:30 in the morning and we're not in until seven or so at night."

Inside, Council Member Muriel Bowser chaired a utilities hearing. She did not indicate whether the council will take up the measure.

NPR

Director: 'The Interview' Is A Case Of Accidental Irony

Sony's movie, The Interview, was meant to be just a silly comedy, but now it's a symbol of free speech. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to its screenwriter, Dan Sterling.
NPR

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.
NPR

To Deal With Hostile Congress, Obama Can Look To History

President Obama will face opposition in 2015 in both the House and Senate. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to historian Michael Beschloss about how Obama will or will not work with the 114th Congress.
NPR

Facebook Finds That Not All Users Want To Review Their Year

The social media giant's "Year in Review" app has upset some who prefer to forget 2014's unpleasant memories.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.