Pepco Addresses Smart Meter Issues With Bill Adjustments | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Pepco Addresses Smart Meter Issues With Bill Adjustments

Union set ot vote on new contract with utility

Play associated audio

The union representing Pepco workers has reportedly reached a contract agreement with the electric utility, which could avert a possible strike. Union members must still okay the pact, which was reached after lengthy negotiations. Meanwhile, Pepco is fixing bills for some Montgomery County customers after they were overcharged when the utility switched their meters recently. 

The overcharges occurred after Pepco replaced older meters with new so-called "smart meters" in certain areas of the county, though not all of the new machines in these cases were Smart meters. Pepco isn't blaming the meters for the problems, but rather billing estimates used to tabulate rates while the new meters were being installed. 

Smart meters are an example of an upgrade that in the future could mean higher bills for customers under a plan released last week by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. 

A task force issued a report to the governor recommending utilities be allowed to impose surcharges on ratepayers bills every time an infrastructure or maintenance upgrade is made. Montgomery County Council president Roger Berliner says he supports much of what was recommended in the report, except for the surcharges.

"I think the governor is in the right church, but the wrong pew with respect to this issue," Berliner says. "I think what you really want to focus on are results. You don't want to focus on investments, because you don't know whether those investments are going to bring about the results you want."

The state public service commission will make the final decision on whether the report's recommendations are adopted. 

NPR

British Mystery Novelist P.D. James Dies At 94

The author of such books as The Black Tower was best-known for her series featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.
NPR

Can Breeders Cure What Ails Our Breast-Heavy Turkeys?

The standard commercial American turkey is the product of decades of intense selective breeding. But breeding for efficiency and size has created new health problems scientists must grapple with.
NPR

EPA's Proposed Rules Add To Obama's Collision Course With GOP

The Environmental Protect Agency has drafted regulations on Ozone pollution. The latest move exposes divisions between the Obama administration and leading Republican lawmakers over the environment.
NPR

Millennial Doctors May Be More Tech-Savvy, But Is That Better?

Text messages from your doctor are just the start. Millennials are the next generation of doctors and they're not afraid to say "chillax" in a consultation or check Twitter to find medical research.

Leave a Comment

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