There is a better way. Maryland could most efficiently, affordably and safely prevent blackouts on hot days merely by pricing electricity what it costs. Since the Progressive Era at the turn of the 20th century, state regulators have set the price of electricity at a flat rate. During the summer, BGE customers pay 9.4 cents a kilowatt hour for electricity, night and day, whether it is 85 degrees outside or 110 degrees. Of course, demand is much greater at 6 p.m. on a sultry day than it is at 6 a.m. on a mild day.