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Neighborhoods ill served by BGE need to join forces

It's time to bring pressure to resolve reliability issues in Howard County. My neighbors and I on the south end of the Dunloggin neighborhood have a history of numerous and frequent power outages. We believe there are others in Howard County with unreliable service from Baltimore Gas and Electric. We have created a new Facebook site, Reliability4HOCO, and invite all other individuals or groups with reliability issues to share your stories and photos. Let's network together and build a coalition to demand action.

Prior to launching the site, and in response to four power outages between the end of January and the end of April this year, we had a community meeting with BGE. BGE even followed up with a letter promising a four-point action plan and included self-imposed deadlines to accomplish each part. Without any notification to us, BGE stopped making progress on our improvement plan. Tree trimming that BGE said would be completed by the end of September 2011 was never started.

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A few of us filed a complaint with the Public Service Commission, but the PSC has been unable to do anything but push BGE's response deadline backwards.

Cathy Eshmont

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