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Maryland Lawmakers Begin Talks On State's Utility Issues

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Maryland lawmakers will begin a series of roundtable discussion on utility issues this week.
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Maryland lawmakers will begin a series of roundtable discussion on utility issues this week.

Gov. Martin O'Malley's office will convene the first of nine roundtable discussions Tuesday in Annapolis. The discussion will focus on the state's current regulatory structure regarding reliability.

Maryland's public service commission, which regulates utilities, has come under increasing criticism from both residents and lawmakers. Much of that criticism is urging the PSC to be much harder on Pepco, which failed to restore power to thousands for a week or longer following the derecho.

The commission is holding its own meetings across the state looking into the response of all utilities to the storm, but a final report with recommendations and possible fines isn't expected until next year.

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