Pepco is the most anti-american corporation I can think of. Forget about outsourcing to China, or giving millions to political campaigns to gain influence. Pepco refuses to provide reliable electricity to our nation’s capital in order to make a profit.
The DC metro area is prepared for the worst of Hurricane Sandy. We are told to expect power outages from 7-10 days. Let’s take this slowly and think again. The nation’s capital region will be without power, in the 21st century for over a week because of a category 1 hurricane.
Pepco has allowed our infrastructure to decay to critical levels. The MoCo Power Power page already has posts about power losses, well before the storm. Pepco also refuses to have adequate staffing to address emergencies, because it will not keep sufficient staff to do maintenance And the Pepco PR machine is busy working on an already hysterical media, building up just how bad the storm is. The strategy is to make things sound so bad that any pathetic performance looks good.
We see reports about how many linemen are on duty and the 2500 they have “requested” from other utilities. Requested is an important point. Sandy is such a large system, who nearby will spare its workers? But the spin of 2500 workers sounds good, combined with a constant drumbeat of lowered expectations is a crass attempt to manipulate public opinion.
We suffer through these outages because our corrupt utility regulatory system allows a corrupted, anti-american corporation to take our money in exchange for unreliable power that threatens life, livelihood and property across our region.
Storms should not keep our region without full power for over 7 days. Any utility must be judged, not by power losses in a storm, but in its capacity to recover from them. Here Pepco fails and will continue to fail until we kick them out of Montgomery County and provide electricity for ourselves through a Public Power system.