Bill passed 113 to 22 by the General Assembly before signed by governor
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed the Maryland Electricity Service Quality and Reliability Act (HB 391) into law on May 10, after the Maryland General Assembly passed the bill in a 113 to 22 member vote on April 11. Delegate Brian J. Feldman introduced the act to set specific standards for electric companies in Maryland in response to the extended power outages Pepco customers experienced last winter, according to Feldman's 2011 Session Letter.
According to the parameters of the bill, the regulations are expected to "implement specified service quality standards … account for major outages, and require an electric company to file a corrective action plan if it fails to meet service quality.” The PSC will impose strict economic penalties on insubordinate companies that do not meet the standard. For every day that utility companies fail to meet the terms, the PSC will inflict a $25,000 fine.
Feldman hopes that the act will be successful in promoting better service from electric companies. "I believe this legislation is a critical first step in holding Pepco fully accountable for its service performance and puts in place the necessary economic incentives for Pepco to improve the reliability of its system," he said on his website.
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