Posts Tagged ‘Pepco’

The Needle: Streetlight Strife

Strike Could Be Averted: A new deal between Pepco and its employees could avert a strike...if the union's membership accepts. +1
Lights Out: But one electric crisis has already arrived. The Washington Business Journal reports that, because of a contract dispute over the city's streetlight maintenance, no company is currently in charge of keeping the city [...]

District Line Daily: Natitude

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Pick up a dead-tree City Paper today and nourish your mind with this week's cover: [...]

The Needle: Porky Protester

Populist Hog: Activists, concerned that the costs of potential underground Pepco lines would land on the poor, protested a Council hearing today—with the help of an inflatable pig. +4
Let's Eat: Well-regarded Virginia chef John Shields could be headed to the District. I'm not sure how good this news is, but Eater seems excited. +1

Commission Looking Into Health Effects of Pepco Meter

Vindication could be at hand for the outspoken group of Pepco customers who claim that the company's smart meters causes health problems. D.C.'s Public Service Commission has decided to investigate whether the meters cause health problems, the Washington Business Journal reports.
While the commission decided against an investigation earlier this year, a letter from Ward 7 [...]

The Needle: Pepco Peeved

Performance Pay Predicament: D.C.'s Office of the People's Counsel wants to tie compensation for the top tiers of Pepco management to the utility's reliability. Unsurprisingly, Pepco doesn't think that's a good idea. -3
Greeks Bearing Gifts: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated that state's Fage and Chobani Greek yogurt factories at a "Yogurt Summit" today. Good [...]

Activist Asks D.C. to Get Tough on Pepco

Solar-power activist Robert Robinson is launching a campaign against Pepco, and he's got the slogan to go with it: "Pepco equals power outages." In a 20-minute interview, Robinson repeated the Pepco-power outage connection to me at least 10 times.
"Once again, Pepco equals power outages," he says. And there are a lot of people who would [...]

District Line Daily: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Architecture Critic

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It's Friday, but not a happy one, given the movie-theater shooting in Colorado. Both the [...]

The Needle: All Hail Hail

Meteorological Mayhem: D.C. can't catch a break with the storms, can it? Around 5:30 p.m., Pepco's outage map shows 8,000 customers without power. -3
Heat Defeat: Washington has recorded its seventh day over 100 degrees in 2012, tying this year with 1988 for second place for days above 100 degrees. And we're just halfway through July. [...]

How Washingtonians Avoided the $1 Pepco Fee

Washington and Maryland residents both experienced power losses after the derecho, but the latter are suffering more—about a dollar more. The extra charge, meant to recover Pepco's lost revenue following the storm, is only likely to be about a buck, but it has people like Gawker's Drew Magary outraged enough to call Pepco "a collective [...]

Pepco’s Disconnect, Deeper Than Electrical

Less than 24 hours after she lost power, Anne Coventry received a phone call from Pepco. The automated voice told Coventry that crews had restored electricity to her neighborhood. Yet her house remained dark and overly hot. “It's bad enough to worry about being without power in the heat with an infant at home,” says [...]

Atlantic Writer Says WTOP’s in Pepco’s Pocket, WTOP Responds: “It’s Bullshit”

Writer and Pepco customer Gregg Easterbrook lost power in Friday's derecho, and he isn't happy. In between trashing Pepco and Gov. Martin O'Malley in an article for The Atlantic, Easterbrook takes aim at D.C.'s WTOP.
With the power out, people rely on radios to get their news, Easterbrook writes, making a news radio station's role more [...]

Metro to Pepco: Heckuva Job—Really!

Lots of people are mad at Pepco over the whole "no power for a week" thing. Even Vince Gray says the utility is taking too long, and he's barely back from China.
But government-sanctioned monopolies have to stick together, and Metro has the power company's back. In a letter to Pepco thanking the company for helping [...]

District Line Daily: Lights Out

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It's Monday in the city that the electricity forgot. If you kept the lights on [...]

Pepco’s Robocall of Doom

Pepco customers around the area got an uninspiring message from the utility on Saturday: It might take a week before power is restored after Friday night's derecho.
Listen to the message here—if you've got power.

The Needle: Power to the Powerful Edition

Send Me To Jail!: Merely getting arrested for D.C. voting rights doesn't really get you that far in a local election anymore; these days, it's more like the cost of doing business in politics. But Pete Ross, a candidate for D.C. shadow senator, took things a bit further by demanding jail time for a civil [...]

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