ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley and Maryland lawmakers have formally announced legislation to put utility reliability standards into the law. 

The measure, which will be introduced Thursday, will require the Public Service Commission to adopt enhanced reliability standards by July 2012. The bill also will allow the PSC to fine utilities for poor performance. Fines would be directed back to affected ratepayers. 

The legislation is being sponsored by Delegate Brian Feldman, D-Montgomery, and Sen. Thomas “Mac” Middleton, D-Charles. 

Pepco, a utility that serves customers in Washington, and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, has been widely criticized for long delays restoring power to thousands of customers. 

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

  1. Ken Smallwood says:

    When are you going to do something about the bills we want some form of regulation on this company My Last months bill was $589.00 and they alresdy said anyone with a heat pump bills be higher this month i don’t have big screen TV and i don’t play video games just me and my wife and we work all day. Unless my two Bllood Hounda are having wild parties i give up DO Something

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