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If You Want Electricity In Baltimore Then Stay Away from PEPCO

Maryland residents in Baltimore as well as throughout the rest of the state have a lot to say about Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO). Most of what they have to say isn’t good at all. Although the company has been in operation since the 1920’s, they haven’t been keeping their customers satisfied. The core problem is that they fail to deliver solid and reliable electricity. However, their rising rates certainly don’t help the issue.

Winter storms have PEPCO customers especially worried. Terrible storms can knock power out in any area, no matter how good an electric company is at their job. However, PEPCO is worse than most and they don’t seem to be in a hurry to get problems fixed. This is evidenced by the fact that PEPCO region president Thomas Graham recently said that people need "level their expectations" about how long they may be without power if another winter storm hits.

But storms aren’t the only problem that PEPCO customers face. In fact, it’s really the day-to-day troubles with the company that have most of the company’s customers upset. The company is one of the least reliable electricity companies in the entire United States. Customers report that their electricity goes out an average of three times per month and will stay out for as long as two hours without any apparent cause for the problem. This is in addition to problems caused by storms.

PEPCO hasn’t made a clear statement about the cause of their bad service. In terms of storm damage, they say that downed trees are the problem although a report indicates that nearly fifty percent of outages in 2009 were actually caused by problems with equipment failing.

What PEPCO has been clear about is that they need money from their customers to make the problem go away. The company is seeking a rate hike that would have customers in Baltimore, D.C. and the surrounding areas paying a total of $190 million to help better the delivery of electricity. The company does note, however, that even these costly improvements can’t prevent many outages caused by storms.

So what do you do if you are a Baltimore electricity customer who wants affordable service? It’s worth it to take the time to compare PEPCO area electricity rates so that you can find a lower cost electric provider in the area.

Source: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/local/pepco-rates-to-increase-for-better-reliability-120610


Publish Date: 2010-12-27 12:07:57

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