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Old 07-03-2012, 10:03 AM   #166
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The guys out in the heat restoring power aren't the ones making the decisions that leave the company ill prepared for these types of situations.
I don't care who's to blame. **** them all
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:07 AM   #167
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Well I can't speak for Dominion, BARC, etc. I can only speak for PEPCO. And...well they get no sympathy from me. If they were better prepared in lesser situations I'd be sympathetic to their plight right now. But time and again they fail to deliver in what should be the most minor of situations. So I honestly don't give a flying **** what they're suffering through right now. Fix the damn problem, it's your ****ing job. If you can't go do something else
Ive read several places they are not doing a good job and were moving extremely slow. Dominion always seems to be fairly organized and very resourceful when dealing with outages. Thats coming from someone who was without power almost 5 days straight last year from the hurricane. Good company imo.

Pepco seems lost and then theirs this: Pepco Lobbyists Visited D.C. Officials Almost 100 Times In 2011 | NBC4 Washington
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:39 PM   #168
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The guys out in the heat restoring power aren't the ones making the decisions that leave the company ill prepared for these types of situations.
I whole-heartedly agree with this, but can sympathize with SS's view as well.

Those in charge of Pepco are shooting themselves in the foot yet again:
Pepco wants to stick customers with cost of arguing its upkeep was fine - The Washington Post

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Pepco wants to stick customers with cost of arguing its upkeep was fine
By Robert McCartney, Published: July*4

If you weren’t already furious at Pepco for leaving you sweating in the dark for longer than justified, here’s a little background story that will have you cursing in no time. Fortunately, it could have a happy ending, and one with a lesson in civic activism for Northern Virginia residents showing fresh signs of discontent with their utilities.

As you already know if you’ve been following the issue, Pepco’s past greed and incompetence are at least partly responsible for the large scale and lengthy duration of the outages following Friday’s storm.

The company, which operates in suburban Maryland and the District, systematically sacrificed reliable service in order to hold down expenses and thus fatten shareholders’ dividends. In particular, it neglected tree-trimming and equipment upgrades, according to a landmark ruling in December by the regulators at the Maryland Public Service Commission.

“We’re paying the price now of the neglect of the system over many years,” said Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda), who in his other career is a lawyer specializing in utility regulation.

But here’s the new outrage: In its current case before the state commission, requesting a $66*million rate increase, Pepco is arguing that it should not be penalized a dime for its past shortcomings — even though its public-relations message has been that it’s learned from previous mistakes.

Moreover, in a move that ought to win it an award for chutzpah, Pepco is justifying $2.5*million of the new rate request to cover its costs for outside lawyers and consultants in the case decided against it in December.

In other words, Pepco wants the same customers who have been suffering the effects of its inadequate upkeep to pick up the tab for experts who argued — unsuccessfully, thank heaven — that its reliability was fine all along.

“They just seem to be tone-deaf. They don’t understand that there is any price to be paid for their imprudent conduct,” said Stanley Balis, special counsel for Montgomery, who has been battling Pepco before the regulators.

Now here’s why the story could end happily. To its credit, the commission has signaled that it won’t go along with Pepco’s foolishness. When the commission fined Pepco a record $1*million in the December decision, it warned that it was only a start.

The regulators said then that they would reduce Pepco’s future rate requests by whatever amount the company was belatedly spending to make up for its earlier, irresponsible underinvestment. Montgomery and other critics estimate that the result could be that Pepco forgoes rate increases totaling $20*million to $30*million.

If the rate increase is reduced substantially when the ruling is issued this month, it would be a welcome sign that sustained popular outrage can make a difference in holding utilities to account where it matters: the bottom line.

The fact is that Maryland regulators turned tougher on Pepco only because popular discontent boiled over after the company’s dismal performance in 2010’s Snowmageddon and summer storms.

Politicians got the message and passed a state law in 2011 requiring regulators to tighten performance standards and increasing financial penalties for utilities that fall short.

It isn’t clear yet whether the new law will have much impact in dealing with the most recent outages. In the long run, however, it should push Pepco, Baltimore Gas and Electric, and others, to do better.

The Maryland saga since 2010 offers an example to Northern Virginians if they want to crack down on their utilities. Verizon, in particular, is a target after it didn’t have adequate backups in place to keep 911 service running.

Moreover, some in Fairfax County are taking the rare step of criticizing Dominion Virginia Power after Friday’s storm. Supervisor John W. Foust (D-Dranesville) was shocked at Dominion’s slowness in sending crews to fix outages in large parts of his district.

“This is unlike anything I’ve seen before. Constituents are very upset,” Foust said Tuesday. “I’m generally a fan of Dominion’s response, and I’ve sung their praises in the past. I’m just really disappointed with the response this time.”

So, Northern Virginians, learn from your neighbors. Demand that authorities use financial penalties to push for better performance from regulated utilities. It will probably require years to get results, but it’s the only tool with a chance of success.
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:39 PM   #170
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^ thats just retarded and criminal imo
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:08 PM   #171
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Ok this is just getting crazy.
We have had less than an inch of rain in the last 30 days.
Its 92 here again. The roads outside of town are buckling because of the heat.
104 at my sister in laws house outside of Chicago.
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:39 PM   #172
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Women drivers. Probably putting on makeup as she flew past the warning signs.



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Old 07-05-2012, 05:52 PM   #173
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And that's got what to do with the hot weather?
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:22 PM   #174
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And that's got what to do with the hot weather?
The road buckled due to the heat. That was not a stunt, it was a random driver who didn't see it.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:21 AM   #175
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SMECO in so. Maryland has done a good job,never lost a thing.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:43 AM   #176
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93 at 830 already. So five days straight of triple digits through Sunday if the forecast holds up, including 103 Saturday and 102 Sunday. Ive waited til 7 the last 3 days for my run, ive found that even in the early evening(usually mid-upper 90s) the actual air temp is not an issue, but the humidity is still the killer. I run cross cross style, wooded area and the damp heat coming off the ground is simply amazing.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:29 AM   #177
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Ok this is just getting crazy.
We have had less than an inch of rain in the last 30 days.
Its 92 here again. The roads outside of town are buckling because of the heat.
104 at my sister in laws house outside of Chicago.
dubya tee efff
I've noticed a few spots of buckling road heading in the NC...it's crazy! Almost feel like I need to be driving a four-wheel drive with monster tires!
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:51 AM   #178
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I was at the Nats game last night where they came back to sweep the Giants, and felt like it was 100 degrees out, I was sweating buckets. Didn't help that I was wearing a polo and an undershirt either. I might be going back tonight but if I do I will damn sure be wearing just a t-shirt this time, I expect it to be around 100 again tonight.
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:27 AM   #179
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I'll be in Richmond tomorrow and I think it's probably going to hit about 103 tomorrow, so I sure hope the truck we're borrowing from my fiancee's dad doesn't break down and keeps the air going!
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