The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold four public hearings in August for residents to share their thoughts on Baltimore Gas & Electric's response to the violent June 29 derecho storm that caused 748,000 customers to lose power — including 110,000 in Baltimore County.
The Baltimore County meeting, the final of BGE's four meetings and one of eight to be held for utility companies state-wide, will be held Thursday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m., in hearing room 106 of the Baltimore County Office Building, 111 W. Chesapeake Road, Towson.
A hearing for Baltimore City will begin at Tuesday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m., in the Paul C. Wolman Assembly Room of the War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay St.
Other hearings related to BGE's response will be held Monday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. in the Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis; and Wednesday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m., in the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.
The Public Service Commission held a similar meeting last September in the wake of Hurricane Irene, when three quarters of a million BGE customers lost power, some for over a week.
The Aug. 16 meeting, however, is separate from the meeting with BGE officials that County Councilman David Marks and State Sen. Jim Brochin, both of whom represent Towson, have requested.
Last week, Marks said that meeting, which will focus on response in the Towson area, will be held once the Public Service Commission meetings are completed and BGE submits its report on the storm response.
For those who cannot attend a Public Service Commission meeting, written comments may be sent through Monday, Sept. 10, to David J. Collins, executive secretary, Maryland Public Service Commission, c/o William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6St. Paul St., 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun