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Could state-owned plants prevent power shortages?

Now that almost everyone acknowledges that Maryland’s plan to deregulate electricity didn’t work, state officials are looking at how to prevent a power shortage predicted by the state’s Public Service Commission.

The Associated Press last week reported that the PSC study said that if no major changes were made, the state could face rolling “brownouts” or even blackouts by 2011.

If they happen, much more than inconvenience for this region will be involved.

Last June, The Baltimore Sun reported that the National Security Agency, one of the nation’s top spy organizations, had already experienced power outages in some of its buildings at Fort Meade, Md., and officials there were worried that old substations couldn’t handle the power load.

In an AP interview last week, Gov. Martin O’Malley suggested that one answer might be for the state to have its own power-generation facilities.

The Herald-Mail

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