We all remember the days and days without power following Hurricane Irene, but in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, Pepco customers have endured days and days of service outage following a simple summer storm. And now they want to raise your rates!
Town Hall Meeting
Attend AARP's town hall meeting to see what you can do about Pepco's rate increase.
When: Sun. April 22, 1-3pm
Where: National 4H Youth Conference Center
7100 Connecticut Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Click here to RSVP.
Take Action: Send a letter
If you want to send a letter to the PSC urging them to say no to Pepco's rate increase, click here.
In December 2011, Pepco filed for a rate increase with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). That same month Pepco was fined a record-setting $1 million for failure to provide reliable service. According to the PSC, Pepco was fined for failing to maintain its system for YEARS and for subjecting its customers to outages too long. They kept blaming trees, but the truth is, they failed to maintain their equipment and failed to call for outside help when outages were too great for them to handle.
Families in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties deserve fair rates and reliable utilities -- Pepco has failed miserably. They shouldn't be rewarded for their record of poor service.
Click here to send a letter to the Public Service Commission urging them to say no to Pepco's rate increase.
Town Hall Meeting
We have decided to join AARP Maryland at their Town Hall meeting on Sunday, April 22, 1-3pm where they will discuss the Pepco rate hike. Can you join us?
AARP Maryland will share information on the rate hike, what consumers can do to make their voices heard and take questions from participants. There will also be refreshments and giveaways. Free parking is available on site.
The meeting is Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 1-3pm at the National 4H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase. Click here to RSVP.
“What Pepco is asking from consumers is ridiculous,” said AARP Maryland Associate State Director of Advocacy Tammy Bresnahan. “Pepco’s looking for higher rates while its customers are still looking for better service.”
Why is Pepco supposedly asking for a rate hike...
Pepco is requesting a $67.6 million increase in its rates, primarily to cover the utility’s expenses for service reliability improvements and customer care programs. They claim:
The additional costs will cover a “customer care initiative” in the rates;
The new rates will allow a recovery of costs for a new customer accounting and billing system; and
They are incurring additional operations and maintenance expense reimbursement to comply with the PSC’s proposed revisions to its reliability and customer service standards.
We think Pepco should have been providing reliable service prior to now and they shouldn't be asking for more money to cover services they've failed to provide in the past.
Take action. Join us at the town hall and send a letter today!
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