3:00 PM EDT, July 3, 2013
Is there anybody in the General Assembly or, for that matter, in the media who has the courage to say why the Baltimore Gas & Electric Company does such a dreadful job servicing its customers?
While reporter Scott Dance's recent article described some changes being made to improve the response to mass power outages, nobody really "talks the talk" regarding the source of the problem with BGE's power-restoration-performance record ("Year after the derecho, some lessons are still being put into action," June 29).
In short, BGE won't fess up and admit they do not have enough power-restoration crew members on the streets on a daily basis to deal with community power outages caused by electrical storms, snow storms, ice storms, tornadoes, etc. They simply don't have enough crews to properly service all of their customers.
They are at least 1,000 crew members short. An analogy would be having three fire stations in Baltimore City in operation on a daily basis for protecting over 600,000 citizens. This does not work.
Why doesn't BGE disclose the number of power crews employed on a full-time basis? More importantly, why doesn't the media discuss report on the shortage of power-restoration crews?
On at least three occasions, I have testified before the Public Service Commission concerning this issue only to have my words fall on deaf ears. The Public Service Commission members are mere puppets of the governor and his predecessors. So are the members of the General Assembly.
We cannot rely on the politicians to help with this problem. Our only hope is the media. Where are you?
Ralph Jaffe, Baltimore
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