Pepco Reportedly Slower In Calling For Reinforcements | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Pepco Reportedly Slower In Calling For Reinforcements

Play associated audio

Pepco reportedly waited until hours after other utilities to call for reinforcements during this week's storm. The other two utility companies that serve the Washington metro area acted much faster to move crews into place ahead of Wednesday's storm.

The Washington Post says Baltimore Gas and Electric and Dominion Virginia Power began moving its crews closer to the area as early as Tuesday. The paper says BGE arraned for 400 extra workers by 5 p.m. Wednesday, but Pepco didn't ask for help until an 8:30 p.m. conference call.

Pepco's vice president overseeing the crew callouts, Michael Maxwell, told the newspaper that people should not try to "make something of the time differences."

Company outage reports show BGE and Dominion Virginia Power had restored electricity to a greater percentage of their customers who lost power.

On Friday, Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) sent a letter to Pepco's CEO expressing frustration at the continued outages.

NPR

Reports: Fashion Icon Oscar De La Renta Dies After Long Cancer Fight

Fashion designer Oscar de La Renta, 82, died Monday after a decade-long battle with cancer, The New York Times and other media outlets report.
NPR

Sandwich Monday: The Primanti Bros. Pitts-burger

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a sandwich from the famous Primanti Bros. of Pittsburgh.
NPR

Close Iowa Senate Race Could Come Down To How Women Vote

Joni Ernst, who's an officer in the Iowa Army National Guard, presents herself as a mother, soldier, leader. But many women aren't responding to that.
NPR

Tunisia's Emerging Tech Sector Hampered By Old Policies

When Tunisia's young people protested in 2011, they had one key demand: jobs. Now, despite new political leadership, that demand remains unmet — even in tech, the sector that offers the most promise.

Leave a Comment

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