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Md. Gives Customers a Break on Utility Cutoffs

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BALTIMORE (AP/WBOC) - The Maryland Public Service Commission is giving utility customers a break after an unusually cold winter.

The commission ordered a two-month extension of the period when certain utilities are barred from terminating service to customers who are behind on payments. The new deadline is May 31, instead of March 31.

The order issued Friday applies to Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., Potomac Electric Power Co. and Delmarva Power Co. Those utilities had proposed the extension during proceedings the commission initiated in February. The commission says it is urging all Maryland utilities to consider a similar extension.

The commission says it's also directing utilities to move faster, at least temporarily, in honoring requests from customers with so-called smart meters to switch to competing retail suppliers.

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