Pepco hires two attorneys for 'blue ribbon panels' on reliability

Friday, March 11, 2011

Pepco has hired two prominent lawyers with extensive political experience to head what the company called "blue ribbon panels" to examine the utility's reliability problems in a series of public meetings in Prince George's County and the District.

The utility, which has been under pressure at the local and state levels to improve performance since last year, hired Glenn F. Ivey and Claude E. Bailey.

Ivey is a former state's attorney for Prince George's and a former chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission. Bailey served in the late 1980s as the principal deputy to the D.C. Office of the Corporation Counsel, the predecessor of the District Office of the Attorney General.

Pepco was already working with a review group in Montgomery County named in October by County Executive Isiah Leggett. The newly announced panels will coordinate with the Montgomery group and finish their work by July, Pepco said.

The moves follow a recent report to the Maryland Public Service Commission by independent consultants that said a five-year, multimillion-dollar plan that Pepco has promoted as the remedy to reliability problems appeared to have been "cobbled together" without detailed study. Bob Hainey, a Pepco spokesman, disagreed with the consultants' conclusions.

- Mary Pat Flaherty

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