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Hearings on utilities' derecho storm response scheduled

By Scott Dance

2:03 PM EDT, July 13, 2012

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Maryland energy regulators will grill Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. officials on their cleanup after the June 29 derecho storm in a hearing scheduled for Sept. 13.

Eight public hearings will meanwhile take place across the state in August, the Maryland Public Service Commission said Friday. Commissioners deliberately scheduled the public hearings ahead of the meetings with BGE and other state utilities.

“We have scheduled the public hearings in advance of the hearings with the utility companies so that we can hear customers’ concerns and use that information as we question the utilities and evaluate their storm reports,” Commission Chairman Douglas R.M. Nazarian said in a statement.

Utilities are required by the end of the month to prepare a report to the PSC on their response to the storm, which knocked out power to about 1.1 million people across Maryland.

Maryland residents who have concerns they wish to express to the PSC about utilities' response to the storm can send them by mail to David J. Collins, Executive Secretary, Maryland Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, and should reference Case 9298. Comments are due by Sept. 10.