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Public Hearing On PEPCO Next Week In Rockville

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By Matt Bush

In Maryland, residents who are upset with PEPCO over the utility's response to recent storms will be able to share their anger with state regulators.

The Maryland Public Service Commission, which sets the rate utilities can charge their customers, will hold a public hearing a week from today at the Montgomery County council building in Rockville. Those who wish to speak can sign up 30 minutes before the hearing, which starts next Monday at 6 p.m.

The commission held a hearing with PEPCO executives last week in Baltimore, where the utility admitted it ranks near the bottom among its peers when it comes to the frequency of outages in its system. Montgomery County council members have been among the most vocal in their disappointment with PEPCO. Following last week's hearing, council president Nancy Floreen said PEPCO needs a new emergency communication plan, calling its current one "ad hoc" and "uncoordinated."

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