BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s utility regulators say they will hold a hearing on whether power companies can charge customers for lost revenue during the first 24 hours following a major storm outage.

Maryland’s Public Service Commission changed the surcharge earlier this year, limiting it to the first 24 hours following a storm. The PSC said the charge was instituted to ensure utilities would not be discouraged from participating in energy efficiency programs. However, the PSC said in its order that the surcharge didn’t properly align financial incentives and reliability goals.

The commission said Thursday it will hold a hearing Sept. 24 on whether the surcharge should be allowed during the first 24 hours of an outage. Opponents of the surcharge have said it makes utility customers pay for a service they aren’t getting.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS Baltimore

Track Weather On The Go With Our App!
CBS All Access

Watch & Listen LIVE