Monday, April 04, 2011

This is Too Perfect

This could not have gone any better. Our Leaders in Annapolis have decided it's time for explicit standards for power companies that have frequent outages.

The Baltimore Sun:
BGE delivered up the perfect prop for a Senate press conference today announcing reliability standards for electricity companies: a power outage.

Sen. Brian Frosh, who helped secure higher penalties for companies that have repeated outages, says people at the press conference at first assumed the afternoon blackout was a joke -- or maybe part of the plan.

It wasn't. Generators at the State House kicked on right away, but businesses on nearby Main Street were left in the dark for a while.

The reliability standards legislation was directed more at Pepco, which controls power in the suburbs around the District of Columbia. Perhaps BGE was signaling that it doesn't want to be left out.

Both the Senate and House of Delegates have given final approval to Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to penalize electric companies for repeated outages. The Senate version, which the House is now considering, takes effect sooner and has higher fees for violations. Power reliability press conference features outage

The wind was blowing. You can't expect to have electricity when the wind blows.


Blogger Theresa said...

so here's the kicker for those of us who have been looking closely at our electricity bill.

I was trying to figure out how come my electric bill was SO much more than my brothers. The average electric price for last year was about 14c a kwh for winter. In VA, that number is about 5c. Now, the 14c includes all the tranmission services, and that came off my bills, where as on their website they say it is 11c. So maybe I am not completely apples to apples. But Maryland is at least 1 1/2 times more, if not double.

And of course in VA, they rarely seem to lose power. I have gone to my brothers more than once during power outrages.

So we are paying more for lousier service.

April 05, 2011 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only in Maryland run by liberals.

April 05, 2011 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see the efficiency of creeping socialism

April 05, 2011 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you like Wisconsin's creeping political patronage?

"Just in his mid-20s, Brian Deschane has no college degree, very little management experience and two drunken-driving convictions.

Yet he has landed an $81,500-per-year job in Gov. Scott Walker's administration overseeing environmental and regulatory matters and dozens of employees at the Department of Commerce. Even though Walker says the state is broke and public employees are overpaid, Deschane already has earned a promotion and a 26% pay raise in just two months with the state.

How did Deschane score his plum assignment with the Walker team?

It's all in the family.

His father is Jerry Deschane, executive vice president and longtime lobbyist for the Madison-based Wisconsin Builders Association, which bet big on Walker during last year's governor's race.

The group's political action committee gave $29,000 to Walker and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, last year, making it one of the top five PAC donors to the governor's successful campaign. Even more impressive, members of the trade group funneled more than $92,000 through its conduit to Walker's campaign over the past two years.

Total donations: $121,652.

That's big-time backing from the homebuilders.

The younger Deschane didn't respond to questions about his job."

April 06, 2011 8:06 AM  

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