If passed, utilities would have to pay fines if the standards are not met. Pepco would likely be the most affected of the Maryland's utilities, as it ranks in the bottom half nationally when it comes to the frequency of outages and the lengths of those outages.
John Kelly is with the Galvin Electricity Initiative in D.C. He says regulation works, pointing to the fact the federal government oversees the transmission of power nationally, but has no influence on the utilities that dispense it.
"Eighty percent of the failures are caused at the local level. Not the transmission level. So the transmission level has been extremely reliable," Kelly says.
Delegates and senators in Montgomery County, served by Pepco, make up nearly all of the bill's sponsors. Gov. Martin O'Malley says he supports the measure.