You’ve written on similar many times in the past but just a head’s up and a general query if they have hit up any others, that some sort of iteration of the PEPCO scam may be afoot. A young woman with a Russian/Eastern European accent was going door to door in Michigan Park this evening.
She showed up around 6:30 saying that people in the neighborhood had reported excessive charges to their PEPCO bills and that they were out to look into it. She said she was from some company (I couldn’t clearly understand her, but it wasn’t Pepco) carried an iPad and had a lanyard of a non-Pepco company and an ID badge facing the wrong way so it was just a blank white badge.
She said she wanted to inspect my bill to insure I hadn’t been needlessly impacted. Sensing something fishy, in an attempt to shoo her off, I said I have paperless billing so don’t have anything handy. She said, that’s okay, if you can login to your account I can show you. Trying to shoo her off one more time as I was trying to get my toddler to eat and ready for bed, I said my computer was upstairs and I’m not. I then turned it back on her and said “I’ll take a look and call you if I have problems. I should call Pepco, right?” She replied with “No, I am the agent for this neighborhood and I will be in the neighborhood til 8pm, call me, Leena.” She gave me a non-202 number and eventually went next door. I later learned the area code was for northern New Jersey.”
I thought you would like to see the tree that’s still being suspended by power lines on the corner of Hamilton St. NW and North Capitol. Power went out on the lower half of the block (closer to New Hampshire Ave) Friday sometime between 8-10am. A crane, Pepco and some tree experts showed up Saturday afternoon to inspect the situation, with the only progress being that they cut the power on the rest of the block. Tree guys and Pepco said they didn’t know what to do, and that the specific power line the tree landed on was an intersection of power down N. Capitol. They said they hope to have it fixed by Wednesday (!!!) but they’re not sure. (more…)
New Jersey and Morgan St, NW photo by Adam L.
Alert DC reports:
“PEPCO is now reporting power outages throughout the District of Columbia affecting 42,880 customers at this time. To report downed power lines and outages, call 1-877-737-2662.”
Piney Branch & Blair Rd NW photo by Stephen
From Alert DC just before noon:
“DC Water reports a water outage in the area of U St NW between 17th St and Florida St NW affecting 40 homes. Estimated time of restoration is 10-12 hours. Please take all needed precautions.”
“Pepco reports a power outage in the Navy Yard and Southwest Waterfront neighborhoods affecting approximately 1240 customers. Estimated time of restoration is 8 pm. Please take all needed precautions.”
“Pepco reports a power outage in the Mount Vernon Square & Logan Circle/ Shaw neighborhoods affecting approximately 1600 customers. At this time, a restoration time is pending assessment.”
I’ve no love for Pepco but this is a fantastic font. From an F Street transom:
Ed. Note: hahaha
I was wondering if folks could help me out with a question I have. I was looking at long-term trends on my PEPCO bill to see what my household could be doing better and found this interesting pie chart in my account info.
Besides the obvious takeaway that we should turn down the heat on our house’s water heater, I was wondering what the heck the pool charges might be referring to. We live in a Columbia Heights row house. Definitely no pool that we know of. Anyone have any ideas so we can do better by the environment and for our bill? Thanks!”
Silver lining: By Monday we oughta cool down to 92 degrees. Oof. Thanks to Andrew for sending:
“Pepco turning off electricity for customers around the Sherman and Irving area. Shutting off my whole building at 3101 Sherman. Heard other neighbors shut off as well.”
Our meter box came loose from the wall and PEPCO issued our 3-unit building a 15-day notice to fix the box or they would shut off the electricity. Of course, PEPCO claims that the box and meters are the owner’s responsibility, not theirs. Yet they are charging us $2,251 to turn off the power so that our electrician can reaffix the box to the wall. Not to mention the $200 city inspector permit (also required by PEPCO), the several thousand dollars owed to the electrician for time and materials for waiting in line at the permit office, calling PEPCO dozens of times to arrange and schedule the outage and repairs, and doing the actual rescrewing of the box to the wall.
Has this happened to anyone else? Do we have any recourse with PEPCO? These fees are obscene! The repair was originally quoted for $200 and, due to PEPCO, this project is going to cost us nearly $5,000!”
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From Alert DC:
“Pepco reports a power outage in the area of the Columbia Heights neighborhood impacting approximately 1150 customers. Pepco is currently investigating. Updates are to follow.”
Pepco is estimating a noon restoration.
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From Alert DC:
“Pepco reports scattered power outages throughout the District of Columbia impacting approximately 10000 customers, in conjunction with severe weather activity. Estimated time of restoration is unknown.”