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Sev
07-11-2012, 04:07 PM
It may not be much but still... .

http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/21...utage-Revenue-
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<span style='font-size: 23pt'>Maryland Pepco, BGE Customers Will See Bill For 24 Hours Of Lost Storm Income In Form Of Bill Stabilization Adjustment</span>

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) Some of you will see an extra charge in your next electric bill because Pepco and BGE lost money when they couldn't charge customers to deliver power during the storm outage.

"The storm adjustment kicks in automatically," said Maryland Public Service Commission spokeswoman Regina Davis. "The BSA (Bill Stabilization Adjustment) is calculated and applied by the companies, but checked by PSC staff and we make the utilities correct it if they get it wrong."

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Only regulators in Maryland allow utilities to recoup lost billings by invoicing customers directly.

"Not good. Not good at all, that's not a good thing," said Maryland power customer Alice Jenkins "I must call Pepco and ask them about that."

"It's the law," said Pepco spokesman Bob Hainey. "It's called bill stabilization."

Hainey asked whether this reporter was capable of understanding the online explanation at Pepco.com of the Bill Stabilization Adjustment and declined to comment when he realized he was on the record.

"I'm not talking anymore," Hainey said. "I hear you typing."

Hainey later called back and said he would ask Pepco officials how the charges would impact individual Maryland customers, but had not provided an answer by publication time.

BGE officials also couldn't explain what individual customers would see on their bills.

"I think what you're saying is accurate," said BGE spokesman Rob Gould. "I'm not sure how it applies to BGE customers."

Maryland People's Counsel attorney Theresa Czarski said the billings would amount to a tiny portion of the utilities' revenues and are intended to offset storm losses.

By statute the People's Chief is an independent agency that acts as advocate for residential utility customers.

"They will be compensated up to a fashion" " Czarski said. "They won't take a dramatic hit for this month for not collecting this. The hit is smaller to them for not collecting those revenues."

Czarski said the average customer would likely see a charge of less than a dollar for the adjustment.

"It's unfair," said Maryland power customer Marie Bernes. " I don't see anything else to say."

"They're getting paid when regular citizens are losing out," said Maryland power customer Brian Barrett. "I wasn't aware of that. I think that's pretty unfair. "

Maryland officials say utilities are limited to recouping lost billings from the first 24 hours of the outage only, and that, when spread across the utilities' customer base, that could be less than a dollar for the utility's average user.

"To be technically correct, they can only adjust for that first 24 hour period," said Maryland People's Chief Paula Carmody. "After that they're not collecting any adjustment."

Carmody said regulators restricted the utility's ability to charge customers for their losses earlier this year.

"As a result of a Maryland Commission order issued in Janauary 2012, PGE and Pepco cannot collect any lost revenues resulting loss of power during a major storm, except for revenues lost during the first 24 hours after the beginning of the storm," Carmondy said.

Officials in the District and Virginia say the utilities can not charge customers for lost billings there - so this is unique to Maryland customers.

"One of the things we certainly wanted to guard against was compensating Pepco when they were out for some reason not associated with energy efficiency," said District of Columbia Peoples' Counsel Director Sandra Mattavous-Frye . "And it being a sort of double dip for them and a burden on consumers."

In 2010, Pepco recouped nearly $1.4 million for one storm alone, but since the state limited adjustments to the first 24 hours, officials say, it is likely to be less.

Neither BGE nor Pepco would explain how it would appear on customers's bills, but a state official said it would be rolled into the customer's delivery fee - without a line item identifying the charge - so many people won't even know what they're be charged.</span>

LWW
07-11-2012, 06:14 PM
Things like that happen when people worship at the church of state.

Gayle in MD
07-12-2012, 04:56 AM
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My, Sev, you certainly have acquired a huge interest in Maryland. You must be thinking of moving here? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

Want to be near some of your friends who are hooked on Baltimore, I suppose?
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You're so subtle. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

Carry on.

G.

Sev
07-12-2012, 12:32 PM
Baltimore's got some great restaurants and some of the best softshell I have ever had.

But no. I'm not moving there.
Perhaps swing by for some cocktails and good eats one day though.

LWW
07-13-2012, 05:42 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sev</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Baltimore's got some great restaurants and some of the best softshell I have ever had.

But no. I'm not moving there.
Perhaps swing by for some cocktails and good eats one day though. </div></div>

To be fair ... they were only rated the seventh orst city in which to live in America.

I suspect Detroit's ... another example of the dangers of long term demokrook leadership ... cron is safe for now, unless thet decide to unincorporate and thereby cease to exist.

Gayle in MD
07-25-2012, 12:26 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sev</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Baltimore's got some great restaurants and some of the best softshell I have ever had.

But no. I'm not moving there.
Perhaps swing by for some cocktails and good eats one day though. </div></div>

Then by all means, do let me know when you plan to visit.
I make some of the best solf shell crabs and crab cakes in the whole state, but you'll have to come here when they are in season. I only eat them or cook them when they are at their peak!

I would suppose we all live in the location which we like and enjoy the most, if not, we'd move.

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Stretch
07-25-2012, 01:06 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sev</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Baltimore's got some great restaurants and some of the best softshell I have ever had.

But no. I'm not moving there.
Perhaps swing by for some cocktails and good eats one day though. </div></div>

Then by all means, do let me know when you plan to visit.
I make some of the best solf shell crabs and crab cakes in the whole state, but you'll have to come here when they are in season. I only eat them or cook them when they are at their peak!

I would suppose we all live in the location which we like and enjoy the most, if not, we'd move.

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Speaking of sea food and the sea, was down to Halifax Harbour last night to strole around the board walk and the historic proporties. It was the perfect setting to view and board some of the amazing tall ships that are in harbour for the week. I thought of you and your love of sailing. Was not hard to see why. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif Hope you are doing well and enjoying the sun, sand and sea! St.

Gayle in MD
07-25-2012, 01:57 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Stretch</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sev</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Baltimore's got some great restaurants and some of the best softshell I have ever had.

But no. I'm not moving there.
Perhaps swing by for some cocktails and good eats one day though. </div></div>

Then by all means, do let me know when you plan to visit.
I make some of the best solf shell crabs and crab cakes in the whole state, but you'll have to come here when they are in season. I only eat them or cook them when they are at their peak!

I would suppose we all live in the location which we like and enjoy the most, if not, we'd move.

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Speaking of sea food and the sea, was down to Halifax Harbour last night to strole around the board walk and the historic proporties. It was the perfect setting to view and board some of the amazing tall ships that are in harbour for the week. I thought of you and your love of sailing. Was not hard to see why. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif Hope you are doing well and enjoying the sun, sand and sea! St. </div></div>

<span style="color: #990000">Dear Stretch,
It's always good to hear from you, my friend. Your experience sounds like it's right up my alley, for sure. Yes, I'm still enjoying our boat, and in fact, just got home from spending several weeks cruising. Gorgeous nature, my solace!

Love,
Gayle </span>