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  • June 29, 2012, D.C. Derecho Storm

    A car was crushed in the parking lot of the WRC-TV/NBC4 studios in the Tenleytown neighborhood of the District of Columbia.

  • June 29, 2012, D.C. Derecho Storm

    Tree damage on Chesapeake Street NW in the North Cleveland Park neighborhood in the District of Columbia.

  • June 29, 2012, D.C. Derecho Storm

    Tree damage near the Lincoln Memorial.

  • June 29, 2012, D.C. Derecho Storm

    A truck on 8th Street SE near Pennsylvania Avenue on Capitol Hill in the District of Columbia was damaged in the storm.

  • June 29, 2012, D.C. Derecho Storm

    Tree damage on Chesapeake Street NW in the North Cleveland Park neighborhood in the District of Columbia.

  • June 29, 2012, D.C. Derecho Storm

    Tree damage outside Woodrow Wilson High School in the Tenleytown neighborhood in the District of Columbia.

  • June 29, 2012, D.C. Derecho Storm

    A split tree blocks part of Ridge Road in Rock Creek Park in the District of Columbia.

  • June 29, 2012, D.C. Derecho Storm

    A tree blocks part of the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Kalorama Road outside the Dresden apartments in the District of Columbia.

  • June 29, 2012, Derecho Storm

    A Metropolitan Police Department cruiser and Pepco crews respond to a tree that uprooted a section of sidewalk on 31st Street NW near Woodland Drive in the Woodley Park neighborhood in the District of Columbia.

  • June 29, 2012, D.C. Derecho Storm

    Tree damage off Observatory Circle near the Vice President's Residence in the District of Columbia.

  • June 29, 2012, Derecho Storm

    Trees block U Street NW at 37th Street NW in the Glover Park neighborhood in the District of Columbia.

  • June 29, 2012, D.C. Derecho Storm

    Tree damage in Garfield Park on Capitol Hill in the District of Columbia.

  • June 29, 2012, D.C. Derecho Storm

    Storm damage on the porch of a home on Ashmead Place NW in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in the District of Columbia.

  • June 29, 2012, D.C. Derecho Storm

    A home on Massachusetts Avenue near Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda, Md., sustained damage from a fallen tree.

  • June 29, 2012, D.C. Derecho

    A tree crushed the fence separating the Department of Homeland Security headquarters and the studios of WRC-TV/NBC4 near American University in the District of Columbia.

  • June 29, 2012, D.C. Derecho

    A tree in the 3000 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW on Embassy Row in the District of Columbia was snapped during the storm.

  • June 30, 2012, D.C. Derecho

    Part of a fallen tree in Dupont Circle in Washington D.C.

  • June 30, 2012, D.C. Derecho

    Part of a fallen tree in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in NW Washington D.C.

  • June 30, 2012, D.C. Derecho

    Part of a fallen tree crushed the read of a sedan in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in NW Washington D.C.

  • June 30, 2012, D.C. Derecho

    Part of a fallen tree in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in NW Washington D.C.

  • June 30, 2012, D.C. Derecho

    A fallen tree destroyed a car in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in NW Washington D.C.

  • June 30, 2012, D.C. Derecho

    A fallen tree destroyed a car in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in NW Washington D.C.

  • June 30, 2012, D.C. Derecho

    A passer-by shooting a photo of branches that destroyed a car in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in NW Washington D.C.

  • June 30, 2012, D.C. Derecho

    Part of a fallen tree damaged the rear of a car in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in NW Washington D.C.

  • June 30, 2012, D.C. Derecho

    Broken branches in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in NW Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON -- Power customers in Maryland will likely be fuming when they learn that electric utilities Pepco and BGE will be recouping lost revenue from the recent mass power outages from ratepayers.

According to WUSA-TV/9News, it's called "bill stabilization," which allows the electric utilities to bill customers for the electricity they weren't able to bill for during the outage.

Maryland is the only state where regulators allow utilities to recoup their losses directly from customers, the news station reports.

A derecho storm barreled through the nation's capital on June 29 where strong winds, knocking out power to more than 1 million customers in the D.C. region and many more in a swath of impacted areas from Virginia to Ohio, Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Tree damage was extensive across the area.

On Tuesday, councilmembers in the District of Columbia proposed legislation that would put more power lines underground, something that could cost $5 billion.

Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) wants a commission to determine where power line should be buried, The Washington Post reported. Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) offered a separate bill that would mandate that before the end of the year, Pepco develop a long-term feasibility plan to bury power lines.

"I think we are long past time of study, we should bury power lines," Evans said, according to the Post.

As the Examiner reported:

Evans, often an opponent of increasing city expenditures, said the cost to D.C. would be $125 million per year over 20 years -- a price tag similar to the District's school modernization project. But, he said, it would mean that "90 percent of blackouts in the city could be avoided."

According to WTOP, local officials in Maryland are also advocating for burying power lines:

In a two-page letter to Maryland's Public Service Commission, the leaders of Maryland's biggest counties and Baltimore City asked regulators to require utilities to consider burying power lines, to make sure they have mandatory staffing levels and maintenance standards and to provide detailed outage locations on their websites.

A BGE representative told WTOP that undergrounding would cost roughly $1 million per mile.


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