For Immediate Release
More than $8 million invested in system upgrades and new technology
BALTIMORE (June 1, 2016) – With a potentially higher number of severe storms predicted this summer, BGE has been hard at work to ensure safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy and energy services for customers all summer long. The company has invested more than $8 million in critical distribution projects and new technologies to prepare for heat and storms this summer, including upgraded wires, installation of substation and feeder capacitors, execution of switching only load transfers, and the installation of a new substation and feeder.
“We work hard to provide safe and reliable service to our customers and preparations for severe, damaging weather occur all year long,” said Stephen J. Woerner, BGE president and COO. “BGE’s uses of innovative technology like smart meters, enhanced communication tools and changes to scheduling and dispatching practices are critical to improving customer reliability.”
This work is part of the approximately $500 million invested each year in the company’s systems, part of more than $6 billion invested in gas and electric system upgrades since 2002. These include ongoing investments in natural gas pipes, utility poles, overhead power lines, underground cable and other equipment. An additional $4 billion will be invested during the next five years. System upgrades and expansions are expected to lead to fewer outages and faster restoration when outages occur.
BGE completes hundreds of tasks to prepare for the summer season, including system work, testing and drills. BGE employees across the region are ready to respond to severe summer storms or emergencies if needed. And, as part of the Exelon family of companies, BGE now can draw on resources from sister utilities in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Illinois to restore power quicker after major storms.
The company recently facilitated a media event in conjunction with our spring storm table top. Local media outlets covered the event and were provided information on the importance of BGE’s storm preparation to test emergency procedures and communications along with sharing best practices with our Exelon sister utilities. Reporters were provided access to the Mobile Operations Center, viewed an electric safety demonstration and went up in a bucket truck.
As BGE prepares, customers should prepare too:
Before severe weather hits, customers should:
If severe storms hit, visit BGE’s enhanced outage map at bge.com/outagemap for information on general locations of outages in BGE’s service territory. Customers also can report or view the status of an electric outage through a mobile device at bge.com.
Higher temperatures can lead to higher energy bills, and BGE provides a variety of programs to help customers save energy and money. For example, BGE’s Smart Energy Savers Program®, the company’s full suite of energy efficiency programs, helps residential, business, government and non-profit customers save energy and money. For more ways to save energy, visit www.bgesmartenergy.com.
In addition, customers can save energy and lower their bills this summer by following a few simple tips:
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Like us on
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