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Public Support Clear for Cheh Reliability Bill
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Public Support Clear for Cheh Reliability Bill

 

This story comes to us from Janine Carmona:

The Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs July 7 held a hearing on the Reliable Electric Service Act of 2011, a bill introduced by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary M. Cheh aimed at improving Pepco service reliability. The bill was met with strong support from virtually every public witness (except Pepco), including residents as well as the Acting People’s Counsel to the District.

 

“Over the past 5 years Pepco’s performance has fallen to unacceptably low levels” said Councilmember Mary M. Cheh of Ward 3, “the public’s anger bubbled up today in an overwhelmingly positive response to this reliability bill. Businesses and families rely on Pepco every day, and outages mean losses for everyone.”

 

The bill would require Pepco to perform in the top half of utilities by 2016 and the top quarter by 2020—or face deductions to their return on equity. Testimony from the People’s Counsel pointed out that Pepco continuously falls in the lower quartile of performance measures, and testimony from the AARP stated that when outages are frequent and lengthy and communication is poor or nonexistent frustration increases. Testimony from the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) pointed out that Pepco’s outages result in significant financial and information losses for local businesses, and that when businesses are unable to operate the District loses revenue. Nearly all witnesses underscored the need for action to improve system reliability is urgent, and that the Reliable Electric Service Act of 2011 is sorely needed.

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