BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland regulators are reconsidering a policy that allows utilities to bill customers for lost revenue during the first 24 hours of a power outage.

The Maryland Public Service Commission announced Thursday that it’s revisiting the issue in the wake of complaints about utility performance following severe storms in late June. A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 24.

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Utilities had previously been allowed to charge customers throughout extended outages. In January, the policy was changed to allow charges only during the first 24 hours after major storms.

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The June storm known as a derecho knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of Maryland customers, and some remained in the dark for a week. That prompted complaints about the 24-hour grace period, especially from Pepco customers in the Washington suburbs.

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