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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers will be introducing legislation aimed at increasing the reliability of utilities in the state, after long power outages prompted outcries in Montgomery County. 

Delegate Brian Feldman, D-Montgomery, said Monday night that the measure will direct the state’s Public Service Commission to establish specific reliability standards for Maryland electric companies. 

Feldman also says the bill will include penalties for utilities that don’t meet the standards. The penalties would be directed back to customers. 

Pepco, a utility that serves customers in Washington, and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, has been widely criticized for outages lasting days. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  1. ed m says:

    Oh bull loney are infrastructure is so old that won’t happen they well go bankrupt like the state ! Or have to raise rates to pay for all the needed upgrades ! dont sound poplar to me,But Delagate Feldman has his finger on the pulse of the people. The state has money to fund this also !

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