Comptroller Questioning Necessity of Costly Follow-Up Reports on MD Derecho
Updated: Wednesday, November 20 2013, 06:50 PM EST
Nearly 18 months after a derecho struck Maryland and left hundreds of thousands in the dark, follow-up reports by BGE and other power companies are still being scrutinized.
Maryland's Public Service Commission (PSC) says those complex reports require extra scrutiny from two private consulting firms. But at Wednesday's Board of Public Works meeting, State Comptroller Peter Franchot questioned the need for outside consultants.
"We're spending almost $800,000 of taxpayer dollars, or ratepayer dollars," Franchot said.
PSC lawyers say funding for one consultant will be paid for by utility companies and the other through funds from the PSC, which is a state agency.