Archive for the ‘Pepco’ Category

Street Light User Fee

April 27, 2009

Streetlight User Fee

District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty has proposed imposing a street light “user fee” on residents and businesses in Washington DC. Funds raised would help defray costs of street light maintenance and operation, and would be collected through surcharges on electric utility bills. If enacted, the measure would cost average DC households about $51 a year.

The rationale for a “user fee” is that it isn’t a tax imposed on everyone; a user fee is only paid by those using a specific service, and is proportional to the rate of use. Mayor Fenty’s measure, however,  does not exempt blind Washingtonians from this “user fee,” and they are not consumers of street light services.

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New Tourist Attraction

September 27, 2007

Thar she blows!

Yesterday’s 3 PM power outage following a manhole cover explosion on Kentucky Avenue SE allowed Capitol Hill’s resident telecommuters the perfect excuse for an afternoon nap.

Monday morning’s manhole explosion was on the 900 block of Farragut Street NW, near Georgia Avenue in Petworth. 

Given Pepco’s aging infrastructure, these events are almost predictable. The electric utility should follow the well-known software development principle (“It’s Not a Bug, It’s a Feature”), team up with the Convention and Tourism Corporation, and promote this phenomenon as a new tourist attraction, the Manhole Cover Fountain.