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BGE's performance deserves more respect

9:30 AM EDT, September 5, 2011

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If not for the tone of the answer from Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, I would not have taken time to write. However, during a recent interview on WBAL radio, Mr. Kamenetz was questioned about his conversation with Constellation Energy Group Chief Executive OfficerMayo Shattuck.

He was asked by the interviewer, "What did Mr. Shattuck tell you?" Mr. Kamenetz responded, "It's not what he told me, it is what I told him." So now we have another elected official trying to call the shots for restoring electrical service.

Just for the record, power to my home was off from 4 a.m. Sunday until 8 p.m. Tuesday, roughly 64 hours. Seems to me the timeline fits the window first given by Baltimore Gas & Electric of what to expect and how to gear up forHurricane Irene.

Just what do people expect given the severity of the storm? BGE was well ahead of the curve when it came to warning people of what to expect. People tend to forget the pre-warning and immediately start the clock for restoration ticking immediately after they lose power. Given the dangers involved and the uncertainty of what line crews are facing job to job, rushing into danger is not the best policy. Thank God we haven't heard of any accidents, particularly with all the outside help from other states where electrical systems vary in standards.

Although the Mr. Kamenetz's heart is in the right place by offering county tree crews to help expedite and speed up the process, it could very well hamper experts in tree trimming who are used to dealing in the elements.

Irv Betch