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Pepco has asked the Maryland Public Service Commission to allow it to charge a $75 up-front fee to those customers who opted out of the smart meters.
Pepco's new surcharge of about 6 cents per month for customers is a first in Maryland utility policy.
Unless utilities fundamentally change how they distribute energy, they won't be able to restore power to all customers within 24 hours after a hurricane-like storm, officials told Maryland regulators on Thursday.
Upset that Pepco plans to ask for another rate hike, customers lashed out at Maryland regulators Tuesday night, demanding they take action.
Pepco says it tried new strategies as the June 29 derecho struck Maryland, according to a post-storm assessment the utility filed with the Maryland Public Service Commission Monday.
The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold eight hearings where the public can approach power companies with comments related to the recent derecho.
The Maryland Public Service Commission will conduct public hearings on the widespread power outages the state suffered during a storm.