Hearing on storm outage charge set

      The Maryland Public Service Commission says it will hold a hearing in September to review a rule allowing power companies to charge customers for revenue lost during the first 24 hours of an outage.

      Opponents of the surcharge say it makes utility customers pay for a service they are not getting.

      Ironically, this news comes as hundreds, mostly in Montgomery County, are waking up in the dark Friday morning after a fast-moving storm overnight.

      In the Aspen Hill area, about a half dozen feeder lines into neighborhoods are being blamed for the outage, according to Pepco officials. Also affected are Maryland customers in Rossmore and Olney.

      The hearing is scheduled for September 24.

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