For Immediate Release
WHO: BGE and utility helicopter contractor Air 2.
WHAT: BGE will be using a utility helicopter contractor (see photo of helicopter N500ZE to be used) to perform maintenance on BGE electric transmission equipment, including towers, poles and wires. 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. A utility worker from the helicopter will also perform work on the equipment. The helicopter may be seen hovering over individual transmission towers before moving to the next piece of equipment. BGE is working to minimize disruption from the helicopter. Motorists and passersby are advised to use caution in the vicinity of the work and maintain focus on traffic.
WHEN: Weather permitting, this work is scheduled for Sept. 21 – Sept. 23, 2015, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: The BGE electric transmission equipment is located in Edgewood in Harford County, Maryland. The section of electric transmission line where the maintenance will be performed is roughly between Edgewood Rd. and Abingdon Rd., near Pulaski Hwy and the railroad tracks. Maintenance will also be performed near Otter Point Rd. and on electric transmission line spanning the Bush River from the Otter Creek Marina to the Flying Point Park and Marina. The helicopter will be making landings near the Raphel Rd. and Philadelphia Rd. intersection in Baltimore County.
WHY: The maintenance is part of BGE’s focus on continued electric service reliability for customers. The helicopter enables access to equipment that poses a challenge to access from the ground. Aerial access allows the work to be performed efficiently and safely.
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.