WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Pepco Plan Takes Too Long, Says One Local Leader

Play associated audio

An independent study called the utilities plan "cobbled together," saying it was created with a "ready, shoot, aim" approach. Pepco put together the plan following a rash of lengthy power outages caused by snow and thunderstorms last year.

Montgomery County Council Vice President Roger Berliner agreed with the report that Pepco did not put a lot of thought into its plan, adding it takes too long to reach the national average for reliability.

"Five years is way too long. This is an emergency. This is not business as usual. From my perspective, it ought to be three years and it ought to get us to the top quartile," he says.

Pepco ranks in the bottom half nationwide when it comes to both the frequency of outages in its system, and the length of those outages.

The Maryland General Assembly is considering a bill that would impose reliability standards on Pepco, that, if not met, would mean the utility could not raise the rates it charges its customers.


Sylvia Plath's Husband, Ted Hughes, Lived A Life Of Poetry And Tragedy

Biographer Jonathan Bate says his job is to write about "the quality and endurance of the literary work." His new biography has been disavowed by the Hughes estate.

Time To Pursue The Pawpaw, America's Fleeting Fall Fruit

Ever seen a pawpaw in the supermarket? Didn't think so. Ohioan Chris Chmiel wants to change that by growing and promoting this seasonal, mango-like fruit that's native to the U.S.

What's Next In The Race For Speaker Of The House?

Congressman Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the House Speaker race on Thursday. NPR's Scott Simon talks to a member of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mick Mulvaney about the race for Speaker.

Volkswagen Faces Uphill Battle In Repairing Tarnished Reputation

Volkswagen faces two enormous repair jobs: fixing its polluting diesel cars and its battered reputation. Both may be much harder to fix than anything other scandal-plagued car companies have faced.

Leave a Comment

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