ANNAPOLIS - Allegheny Power today agreed to stop collecting the surcharge on fluorescent bulbs it had sent out and to refund any surcharge money that has been collected.
Allegheny Power proposed the idea and the Maryland Public Service Commission accepted it.
Earlier in the day, the PSC took Allegheny Power to task over elements of its light bulb distribution program.
PSC members said Allegheny did not follow instructions for clearly notifying customers about an associated surcharge.
PSC members also said Allegheny gave vague details about how to dispose of the bulbs, which contain mercury.
Shortly after noon, the PSC took a break to give Allegheny officials time to come up with ways to fix problems with a program that has riled customers and state lawmakers.
Eight Western Maryland state lawmakers testified and some insisted that the surcharge be credited to customers' accounts.