Electric Feedback Forum

Improving Maryland’s Electric Distribution System

State officials are considering the impact of potential infrastructure investments on the resiliency of Maryland’s electric distribution system

Governor Martin O’Malley issued an Executive Order directing the Administration’s Energy Advisor to mobilize several key government agencies to solicit input and recommendations from experts throughout the State to improve and strengthen Maryland’s utility infrastructure and create a more resilient electric distribution system.

Citing the economic and health damage resulting from repeated and prolonged electricity outages, and pointing to projections of more violent weather to come, the Executive Order sets in place an important evaluative process for the following:

  1. The effectiveness and feasibility of undergrounding supply and distribution lines in selected areas as a means to increase the resiliency of Maryland’s electric distribution system;
  2. Options for other infrastructure investments in the electric distribution infrastructure that can or should be made in order to improve the resiliency of Maryland’s electric distribution system.  The costs and benefits of such investments should be evaluated over various time periods, including a 30-year period; and
  3. Options for financing and cost recovery for capital investments to the electric distribution system.

The group is tasked with reporting back to the Governor within 60 days regarding recommended legislative changes, regulatory reforms, and other executive branch actions.

To that end, we are asking the public to share feedback and suggestions for good ways to increase the resiliency of the grid.



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