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Hearing This Week On PEPCO Response

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By Matt Bush

This week, PEPCO leaders will face the Maryland Public Service Commission to defend their response the recent storms.

The meeting comes after state leaders criticized the length of time it took PEPCO to restore power following storms on July 25th.

Appearing on WAMU's The Politics Hour, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley says several questions need to be answered.

"Is PEPCO making the investments necessary to maintain their infrastructure and these substations and the other things? I know that they had a request in for an increase in line charges. What are the options here? And let's be honest with people about the options to create more reliable electric," O'Malley said.

A PEPCO spokesman defended the utility's performance following the July 25th storm, saying it was "remarkable" that they were able to restore power to more than 300-thousand people in less than a week.

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