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The Maryland Public Service Commission issued a ruling that will stop power companies from collecting money from you, even for on days when power outages left you in the dark.
Hundreds of Silver Spring homes and businesses were without electricity Friday morning. Pepco has restored the power.
In a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Public Interest Report Group, D.C.-based Pepco Holdings Inc. and Falls Church-based Computer Sciences Corp. were named to the "Dirty Thirty" list of Fortune 500 companies that "spend big on lobbying and avoid taxes," according to the group.
More than 3,200 Pepco customers were without power Wednesday night.
Two utility companies say they have restored power to thousands of customers in Washington and northern Virginia.
After customers complained for years about outages on snowy and sunny days, Pepco -- one of the region's largest utilities -- has been hit with a $1 million fine.
While D.C.'s Public Service Commission adopted new performance standards for Pepco, D.C.'s Council is working on bills that would penalize the company for failing to make the grade.