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Pepco public hearings held in Largo

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The second of two public hearing regarding Pepco's response following the derecho was held Wednesday night.

Again, Maryland's Public Service Commission (PSC) got an earful. This time in Largo.

"You need to hear us. You need to take us serious, and we need to say, 'No more!'," Prince George's County resident Frank Evans said.

Some speaker's addressed the utility giant's upcoming request for a rate hike, arguing Pepco doesn't deserve one.

"...wind blow, no power. Little bit of snow, no power," added Grace Kim of Prince George's County.

But some in the crowd, including a representative of a business roundtable, praised Pepco's performance.

James Estepp with the Greater Prince George's County Business Roundtable said, "Given the circumstances with a storm that didn't give any advanced warning, Pepco did a remarkable job."

The power provider's post-storm self-assessment  reads in sharp contrast with popular public opinion, stating the company responded quickly under difficult circumstances.

"That is not in touch with the reality that anyone experienced in Maryland," countered State Senator James Rosapepe, (D) Prince George's County and Anne Arundel County.

After Tuesday's hearing in Montgomery County, ABC7 asked Pepco Vice President Jerry Pasternak where he believed the company was falling short. He responded day-to-day reliability and customer confidence. He did, though, stress that Pepco is listening.

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