9:30 AM EDT, July 15, 2012
All the gnashing of teeth and screaming at the utilities would be unnecessary if the energy suppliers were returned to regulated status ("For angry BGE customers, even small bills too much," July 12). IfBaltimore Gas and Electric Co.and Pepco were allowed to earn a reasonable profit on the energy they generate and deliver, you would see an immediate improvement in tree trimming and power line burial.
There is no incentive for them to maintain service since their revenue is not dependent on the amount of power they deliver. As it is, every Tom, Dick and Harry can be an "energy company" and buy from the generating companies and sell to consumers over lines they do not have to maintain. Being able to buy energy in a competitive environment may sound good in the short run, but service is bound to suffer.
William Vail, Glen Burnie
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