For Immediate Release
WHO: BGE and utility helicopter contractor Catalyst Aviation
WHAT: BGE will be using a utility helicopter contractor (see photo of helicopter to be used) to inspect BGE electric transmission equipment, including towers, poles and wires in the central Maryland service area. Area residents and motorists may see the helicopter hovering near power lines and rights of way or following a flight path along electric transmission rights of way. The helicopter may be seen hovering over individual transmission towers for several minutes before moving to the next piece of equipment.
WHEN: The inspections that require the use of a helicopter are expected to be completed in March, weather permitting. The majority of the work will take place weekdays, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with some occasional weekend and late afternoon work required.
WHERE: Helicopter inspections will take place along BGE electric transmission rights of way in Anne Arundel County, Prince George’s County, Calvert County, Carroll County and Frederick County. BGE has approximately 1,300 circuit miles of high voltage overhead electric transmission lines in central Maryland.
WHY: The inspection is part of BGE’s focus on continued electric service reliability for customers. The helicopter will be used to photograph BGE electric towers and equipment. The helicopter provides an aerial perspective on equipment and allows BGE to inspect the system more efficiently than using ground inspections alone. BGE crews will also continue to inspect power lines and equipment from the ground. The aerial images and ground surveys will be reviewed by BGE to identify any worn or damaged equipment that then will be scheduled for repair or replacement.
BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility, delivering 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, with 2014 revenues of approximately $27.4 billion. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.