Over the past year, storm outages have captured the attention of Pepco's customers. But Pepco's reliability problems are more pervasive, a Washington Post study finds. (File photo: James M. Thresher/Post)
One of Pepco's standard explanations for the frequency and duration of its outages -- dense tree cover -- does not hold up under scrutiny, a three-month Washington Post analysis has found. By far, Pepco equipment failures, not trees, caused the most sustained power interruptions last year, records show.
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A recent Washington Post analysis of Pepco found that the power distribution company ranked at or near the bottom in keeping the power on and restoring it once it goes out. Pepco delivers electricity to 778,000 customers in the District and neighboring parts of Maryland. How has it been for you?
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