ROCKVILLE, Md., July 3, 2012—Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner announced today that at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, the Council will hold a debriefing to gain a better understanding of Pepco’s performance following the sudden and powerful storm that struck the Washington Region on the evening of June 29. Four days after the storm, approximately 100,000 customers in Montgomery County were still without electric power and more than 100 of the County’s 800 traffic signals were not operational.
The debriefing will be held in the Third Floor Council Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The meeting will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The broadcast also will be available via streaming through the County Web site at www.montgomerycountymd.gov.
Council President Berliner said the special storm debriefing will allow the Council and the public to gain a better understanding of Pepco's performance in the aftermath of the storm that caused massive and prolonged power outages. At the briefing, Maryland Public Service Commission Chairman Doug Nazarian will describe how the Commission will assess Pepco's performance in restoring power. Pepco CEO and Chairman of the Board Joe Rigby has been invited to share his perspective on his company's response. County Executive Isiah Leggett also has been invited to discuss the County's role in responding to the storm and any lessons learned from the experience. In addition, Maryland State Delegate Brian Feldman and State Senator Rob Garagiola, who sit on General Assembly committees with jurisdiction over utilities, will share their perspectives.
“While this was without question a very significant storm, our residents are understandably very frustrated by how long it is taking to have their power turned back on," said Council President Berliner. "This briefing will, among other things, give our residents a better understanding of how Pepco's performance will be assessed by the state regulators who have the authority and responsibility to judge Pepco's response. We are also giving Pepco's CEO and Chairman of the Board the opportunity to present its perspective, an opportunity we hope he will accept. Finally, our County has worked very hard to mitigate the havoc reaped by this storm, but we can always do better too, and this briefing will explore any lessons learned from this experience."
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