Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Maryland Public Service Commission issued an order on Wednesday directing electricity companies to improve service reliability and resiliency.
Utility companies in Maryland will need to beef up efforts to improve electricity service reliability and resiliency, according to an order issued by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The order comes less than one week after the PSC granted Baltimore Gas and Electric Company about 65 percent of the rate increase that the utility requested last summer. The order (No. 85385) requires utility providers to do the following: The PSC is also investigating BGE's reliability in several Howard County neighborhoods as the result of a grass-roots effort led by residents in Ellicott CIty who say they have dealt with unreliability for years. The PSC's report has been submitted - BGE has until April 1 to respond, …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Public Service Commission came to Ellicott City - again - to hear from residents around the county.
In contrast to Annapolis, where just one person took to the microphone, more than a dozen spoke in Howard County at a hearing about a rate increase requested by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., the Howard County Times reported. The hearing comes less than two weeks after a report, submitted by the Public Service Commission staff, called BGE’s service in certain Ellicott City neighborhoods “below average.” The report is part of an investigation into BGE's reliability in areas of Ellicott City. At Wednesday night’s hearing, 14 people testified against the rate increase, the Times reported. BGE wants to raise about $175 million in the first year of the hike, which will apply to the distribution fees on customers’ bills. With that money, BGE …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Public Service Commission will listen to testimony in a hearing regarding BGE's request for a rate hike.
Monday, January 14, 2013
The utility is asking for an increase - have your say at a public hearing in Ellicott City.
Think your gas and/or electricity bill is too high? You might want to head to George Howard Building Wednesday, for a hearing concerning Baltimore Gas and Electric’s request to raise rates. BGE wants to raise about $175 million in the first year of the rate hike, according to the Baltimore Sun, to pay for infrastructure improvements. The rate change would raise the typical residential distribution rate for electricity about $6.62 a month and the typical gas rate by about $4.26, the Sun reports. Read about BGE's reliability in Ellicott City on Patch The utility’s last rate hike was approved more than two years ago - a $1.34 per month raise for the typical residential electric customer and 84 cents for gas, according to the Sun. Wednesday’s…
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The council is asking the state to look into residents' complaints about reliability.
The scope of a state investigation into BGE may soon get bigger. The Howard County Council Monday night passed a resolution to submit a petition adding more than a dozen neighborhoods to an investigation currently underway into the utility's service in Ellicott City. Read more about BGE's reliability in Ellicott City. Currently, the Public Service Commission (PSC) is investigating BGE's reliability in Font Hill, Dunloggin, Valley Mede and several nearby neighborhoods after Cathy Eshmont in February filed a petition with signatures from more than the required 100 residents. An investigation can also be initiated by local legislative authorities. Courtney Watson (D-Elliciott City) sponsored the resolution asking the PSC to investigate …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Residents testified Tuesday night about their experiences with power outages.
While many of the people testifying about BGE’s reliability in Howard County were familiar faces at Tuesday’s public hearing, some new perspectives came to the forefront, too; particularly the business perspective. “Our business is to help small businesses solve technical problems,” Kristy Mumma said of the Columbia-based company Stewart Technologies, Inc. “But we’re having technical problems of our own due to frequent, unexplained outages.” About 20 people signed up to testify – all in favor of CR134, which would create a resolution on behalf of the County Council, asking the Public Service Commission to initiate a second investigation into BGE’s reliability in Howard County in neighborhoods not mentioned in the investigation currently …
Monday, August 27, 2012
The councilmember says there are other pockets of people experiencing reliability problems.
Howard County Councilmember Courtney Watson will introduce legislation next week asking the state to investigate BGE’s reliability in Ellicott City. Her request comes on the heels of an investigation into BGE initiated by Cathy Eshmont, an Ellicott City resident who has led a grassroots effort to fix what she has referred to as unreliable service in certain Ellicott City neighborhoods. Since Eshmont’s request was granted by the Public Service Commission (PSC), “There have been other addresses who have come forward with issues,” Watson said. “Cathy has been working hard on finding little pockets.” These new “little pockets” where residents say they, too, have reliability issues, are the areas that will be addressed in the legislation …