Maryland People's Counsel Paula Carmody '80 is quoted in The Baltimore Sun on consumers paying higher prices for electricity in Maryland. Thousands of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. households have taken one- or two-year contracts since electricity prices began falling a couple years ago. Now that many of the terms are coming to an end, inattentive consumers risk being rolled over to a lousy new rate.
"They get mail. They don't open it. They don't look at it," says Maryland People's Counsel Paula Carmody, who is charged with looking after the interests of utility consumers. "It could be a year, two years or three years later when they get the renewal notice. My guess is that people have totally forgotten who they were dealing with."
Paula Carmody was appointed People's Counsel by Douglas F. Gansler, Attorney General of Maryland, and confirmed by the Senate in 2007. She has extensive experience working on consumer issues with government agencies, including the Office of People's Counsel, and nonprofit legal services organizations. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Carmody was an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General of Maryland, from 2004-2007. While there, she was responsible for investigating violations of, and enforcing, Maryland Consumer Protection Act and related consumer protection laws.