We got less than 5 inches last night, and my power went out for 11 damn hours! Hundreds of thousands of people in the area are still without power. I hear people north of us dealing with so many feet of snow, but I don't hear widespread complaints that their power went out. Pepco, why do you suck so much? When we were hit with repeated blizzards last year, I understood when we went for days without power. But now, I hear your officials complaining on the radio that we got a foot of snow last night and that is total bullshit! You were not taken by surprise by the few inches we got.
I was awake half the night worrying if once again I would lose all the food in the refrigerator and thus hundreds of dollars of groceries it is a hardship now to replace, as has happened at least once a year the past couple of years. Yes, I know global warming is making storms rougher--but this one was less than 5 damn inches!
I grew up north of here in NJ loving snow. I missed snow when I lived in North Carolina. But living in this area has succeeded in making me totally hate snow. The infrastructure in this area sucks so very much. I want to be living in the woods, so when this shit happens I know to expect it and know that's the price for my wonderful trees, and be content with the trade off. Oh yay-now the power is threatening to go out again . . . .
/End spoiled 1st world rant
Edit: Pepco OUTRAGE Map. (spelling intentional)
Edit 2: Outage map has been taken down since 7 pm this Thursday evening and, as of 12:55 am Friday morning, it is still down. No covering tracks going on here, no.
The consultants said obtaining information from Pepco was "extremely difficult." Pepco executives delayed, made minimal disclosures and, when they did respond, did so "never in a clear or transparent manner," the report said.
The consultants said they found numerous discrepancies in Pepco's data, indicating that something was "seriously awry" and that the company's dismal reliability record could actually be understating the extent of its problems . . . "Pepco appears to be only committed to performing the minimum required to meet regulations, directives and the law," the report said. "They exhibit no desire to excel."
From the WaPo here.
Also from the WaPo, an article on Pepco's response to this current outage.
Edit 3: Here's a thought. But can halting dividends be legislated by the state legislature? Would they have the guts to do it?
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