Thursday, September 6, 2012
Residents are asked to complete a survey online or over the phone.
District residents are asked to complete a survey about recent PEPCO power outages online or over the phone. The Office of the People’s Counsel plans to use the responses in part to inform decisions about placing power lines underground. Though Georgetown was largely spared by the recently power outages surrounding the derecho, Glover Park, Foxhall and Palisades were less fortunate. According to the survey website: "The District of Columbia has recently experienced major power outages. As a result, the Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC) is conducting this survey to: 1) determine the frequency and duration of power outages affecting your neighborhood, 2) gauge the quality of Pepco’s response to your outages, 3) gather consumers’ opinions …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
GU had to transfer its emergency power to generators.
Students at Georgetown University took to Twitter Wednesday to complain about power issues on campus. According to Rachel Pugh, a spokesperson for the university, PEPCO mandated that GU take its back up power off of the main power source. The utility company performs and mandates these "Brown Outs" to reduce stress on the system. Buildings including the performing arts, Copley, Darnall, Harbin and New South were operating on emergency power from 3:30 p.m. onward. "Earlier today Georgetown was asked to transfer the emergency power load from the 'normal' house power to the emergency generators. When the power is transferred there is usually a small blip in power." That explanation did not keep students from venting their frustrations on …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Two bills would require PEPCO to place power lines below ground.
Councilwoman Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Councilman Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) both put forth legislation Tuesday that would push PEPCO to bury power lines underground to help prevent widespread outages caused by tree branches. Georgetown proper has almost all of its power lines below ground, but nearby neighborhoods like Glover Park and the Palisades are less lucky and have far more frequent power outages. During the recent derecho storm, a few hundred Georgetown homes lost power for a brief period of time, but much of Glover Park was without power for days. Cheh's proposal would form a commission that would explore where exactly underground wiring would be possible. The installation, which has been estimated to cost upwards of $5 billion, would …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Sudden wind storm Friday night was one of the worst to hit the DC region, leaving thousands without power.
In the aftermath of the powerful derecho storm that hit the DC region Friday night, thousands are still without power three days later, suffering through high temperatures with no air-conditioning, watching food spoil and feeling disconnected without TV, Internet and in some cases phone service. On Monday, PEPCO reported that 40,570 District residents are still without power. DC is faring better than the suburbs; Dominion Power reported that about 160,000 in Northern Virginia were still without power. Many local residents checked into local hotels to escape the heat or found local coffee shops to charge up phones. Were you without power or are you still waiting for the lights to come back on? What do you miss most when the power goes out? …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Most Georgetown residents had power Saturday morning.
Georgetown residents were cleaning up fallen limbs and branches and reporting downed trees Saturday morning after a powerful "derecho" storm hit the area Friday night. A large tree fell across Dent Place between 33rd and 34th Streets, closing the street to traffic Saturday morning. Several cars were worse for the wear; a tree crushed a convertible near the intersection of 28th Street and O Street and a limb smashed the windshield of car on 1600 block of 34th Street. To report downed trees in public space, residents should call 311 or go online at 311.dc.gov. You will need to provide specific details about the location, according to a notice from the District Department of Transportation. To report a power outage, call Pepco at 877-PEPCO62 …
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Utility company scores lower than even Bank of America and PG&E, while Comcast comes in fourth.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Marty Chase
Sunday, July 10, 2011
It’s no big surprise around here, given last winter’s disastrous power outages and continuing interruptions this summer in some parts of the area, that Pepco is now the ‘most hated’ company in the country in the latest rankings compiled by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The local utility company scores only 54 out of a possible 100 points on the satisfaction index, putting it well behind such long-standing sources of consumer complaints as Bank of America and Pacific Gas & Electric out in California. The litany of complaints against Pepco is well-known. There have been, for the record, 70 percent more outages for Pepco customers than for customers of other big-city utilities (and the outages last twice as long, on average…
Thursday, September 30, 2010
New report says a D.C. investment of $1 billion for underground electric power lines could avoid 65 percent of potential future power outages. The recently updated budget shortfall makes such an investment unlikely any time soon.
In a public hearing Thursday at the Woodrow Wilson Building, citizens, council members and utility regulators all broadly agreed on the benefits of running electric power lines underground in the District of Columbia. The hearing, held by Ward 4 councilmember Muriel Bowser, addressed the feasibility of such a plan and questioned the reliability of Pepco, which provides electricity to all Washington residents. The Public Service Commission, which regulates the city's utilities, presented a report from Shaw Consulting International Inc., the consulting firm it hired to analyze and determine the best way to adopt an underground grid. The report recommended a more than $1 billion plan to build underground electric power lines in the District …