Maryland gubernatorial candidate suing BGE for $1 billion over power outages

PIKESVILLE, Md. - Ralph Jaffe said he was without power for two days in his Pikesville home following ice storms in the area earlier this month.

However, he noted, it took BGE less than two hours to restore power to his home once they arrived to fix the problem in his neighborhood.

“The utility purposely under-estimates the number of workers it needs to do its job during a storm,” said Jaffe, a Democrat running for governor.

It’s because of this, Jaffe said, he is suing BGE, and its parent company Exelon, for $1 billion in damages. He said he based his suit on what he claims is BGE violating the Maryland Electricity Service Quality and Reliability and Safety Act. The act is designed to ensure utilities provide timely service during power outages.

Jaffe, who filed the lawsuit Thursday by mail in Baltimore City Circuit Court, said that he would donate any damages he receives to charity.

“This isn’t about making money,” Jaffe said. “This is about ensuring the people of the area are properly taken care of during a power outage.”

BGE spokeswoman Rachael Lighty at this time the utility company is unable to comment on open litigation. However as with any major storm, BGE will be submitting the required reports with the Public Service Commission.

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