1) Potomac Edison is Allegheny, or what's left of it after the merger with FirstEnergy. It's just a rebranding of this service area.
2) The first power outage was, if I remember correctly, due to a tree falling over for some reason -- high winds, somebody hit it, I dunno, but I saw what looked like sawdust from where they cut it up afterward. The one today was very limited -- I believe only those near the top of the mountain were/are affected, because we never lost power down here on Stone Ridge -- so I suspect that was another line-down issue as well, and in the middle of a storm to boot.
"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." -- Samuel Adams