Potomac Edison appeals fine in meter-reading case

BALTIMORE (AP) — Potomac Edison Co. is appealing a proposed $25,000 fine for what the Maryland Public Service Commission says were violations of meter-reading rules.

The electric utility filed a notice of appeal Monday. The order would have become final Tuesday.

The agency’s consumer-advocacy division, the Office of the People’s Counsel, also filed an appeal notice. Neither document contains specific objections to the May 19 proposed order.

A public utility law judge found that the company violated requirements to read meters monthly or bi-monthly in 2011 and 2012, resulting in low usage estimates and large catch-up bills.

The company blamed severe weather conditions and unexpected turnover in its meter-reading staff.

Potomac Edison is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., based in Akron, Ohio. It serves about 264,000 customers in western and central Maryland.