Pepco Defends Service, Emphasizes Safety | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Pepco Defends Service, Emphasizes Safety

Play associated audio
Pepco held a "live line" demonstration Wednesday to emphasize the need for safety in storm-damaged areas.
Pepco held a "live line" demonstration Wednesday to emphasize the need for safety in storm-damaged areas.

Last week's microburst in our region was a reminder that the summer storm season is officially underway. The American Red Cross joined Pepco Wednesday to remind residents what it takes to stay safe.

There are the usual precautions that need to be taken in the event of an emergency, such as having an evacuation plan and a back-up power supply, but Linda Mathes of the Red Cross says updating resources is essential.

"Refresh your supplies; make sure your batteries and the food you put in your kits are updated are current," said Mathes.

While that element of safety is on consumers, Pepco's president is defending the utility following charges from customers who say they're tired of what they call frequent outages and poor service. Pepco says over the past two years, there's been a 59 percent reduction in the duration of outages.

A proposed 4 percent rate increase is on the table. The Public Service Commission will make a decision on the issue by mid-July.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 30

You can keep things old school with a classic musical and an exhibit featuring watercolor paintings from the 1800s.

NPR

Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price

Scientists are trying to raise prized bluefin tuna completely in captivity. An experiment at a Baltimore college is the first successful attempt in North America.
NPR

Senate's Highway Trust Fund Bill Sets Up Conflict With The House

A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama's desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.
NPR

OkCupid Sometimes Messes A Bit With Love, In The Name Of Science

OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments.

Leave a Comment

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