A vote to amend our charter will start the conversation on forming our own electric utility and let PEPCO know we are serious about controlling our electric future.
According to a legal memo found through APPA, there are three steps to forming a public utility in Maryland.
1) Amend the charter to allow the operation of a utility
2) Gain permission from the Public Service Commission to operate a utility
3) Eminent Domain to acquire the lines from PEPCO (the company most likely will not agree to sell without court action)
While steps 2 and 3 will take time, we can start the county-wide discussion on public power by moving to amend our charter to allow the county to operate one.
The text of the APPA legal memo is here.