McDonough: BGE's Storm Preparedness, Response Were Inadequate

Middle River Republican says study and legislation are needed.

BGE was caught flat-footed by a severe thunderstorm last week and the company's response was not enough, according to Del. Pat McDonough.

The Middle River Republican, in a statement released Thursday morning, is calling for an independent evaluation and legislation.

"The people are tired of BGE excuses and lack of information," McDonough wrote in his statement. "The governor and the public service commission must establish a knowledgeable group of experts to study and evaluate the competence of BGE's preparedness and post-storm performance."

McDonough went on to say he will introduce legislation requiring such a study if Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Public Service Commission fail to do so on their own.

McDonough was not immediately available for comment. His statement did not address issues related to PEPCO, which serves Montgomery and Prince George's Counties and Washington DC.

At the height of the outage, more than 1 million customers in Maryland lost power. Both regional power companies estimated that service to all customers would be restored by the end of this week.

As of Thursday morning, BGE reported restoring "92 percent of the more than 700,000 customers who experienced an outage" related to the storm, according to a statement on the company's website.

PEPCO, in a statement Wednesday, says it has restored power to 90 percent of the 443,000 customers affected.

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franking July 09, 2012 at 08:49 PM
True. I think we can all agree that those guys out there working the 16 hour shifts in the heat are not to blame. They are doing all they can. But that doesn't mean the company is making appropriate investments for maintenance and upgrades before there is a big storm. This is Dems protecting what they otherwise say they despise and call "the 1%." I've lived in two other states, both with cheaper power and more prone to big storms, and didn't lose power as often in either of them. Not only did I lose it here for close to a week after a storm, but it briefly flickers off about once or twice a month for no apparent reason, all year long.
Carol July 11, 2012 at 09:33 AM
Well Said Jack
kl July 11, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Ain't that the truth !! Voice your opinions of course, everyone should, but act like mature adults. So many nasty comments on here that people could have responded nasty back,...... but they were more adult about it ... Give it a try
Monroe Harden July 11, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I also applaud and thank the BGE and other workers who spent countless hours in the heat getting the power back on. Those guys and gals are great! I wonder- do they track the locations of the downed wires over time? If there are particular patches (pun intended) of woods where trees always cut the lines, maybe they can either trim those back more or put those lines underground. Or can they have redundant power paths- if the lines go out at one place, some other set of lines can shoulder the load. I don't know enough about the grid configuration to have an answer for that one, or if adding some redundancy would be cost prohibitive.
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