Something kind of ridiculous might have been going on with Pepco too: it may have been a scheduled outage, but they didn't seem to tell anybody about it ahead of time. A fellow Columbia Heights Twitterer posted this news during the power outage:
Pepco just called saying it is a scheduled outage until 4am, we should have recieved paperwork. Obviously didn't. Thanks pepco!Pretty lame. I called Pepco and wasn't able to confirm, but I did, however, learn there's a Pepco customer service Twitter account, which seemed to confirm that there was in fact a scheduled outage. Not cool of them not to let anyone know. I don't envy the customer service guy, however.
Power did come back on for us at about 2 am.