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BGE strives to always provide safe and reliable electric service to our customers. We work to remain vigilant as we inspect and maintain the thousands of miles of power lines that stretch across our territory. One way we keep our system strong is by using infrared imaging technology for early detection of faults in power lines and equipment. Early detection means greater safety, increased system security and reduced outages—which allows power lines and equipment to be repaired quickly and safely, without interruption to service.
 
Electric Reliability Investment (ERI) Initiative
BGE’s Electric Reliability Investment initiative is designed to accelerate the pace of improvements to the electric distribution system to help reduce the frequency and duration of electric service interruptions for customers. Read More
 
Northeast Transmission System Improvement (NETSI) Project
To enhance the safety and reliability of the electric transmission system in the northeast portion of our service area, BGE has developed the Northeast Transmission System Improvement (NETSI) project. NETSI will upgrade the transmission lines and towers on the existing BGE electric transmission corridor that extends from Kingsville in Baltimore County north to Pylesville and Norrisville in Harford County.
 
 
To contact the NETSI project team: NETSIProject@bge.com and 1-410-470-6650.​

Watch the video overview of the NETSI Project 

Watch the video overview of the NETSI Project​

 
The project has been divided into three segments—A, B and C. Below, you can find a description of the work taking place in each segment. 
  
NETSI Segment A
Located entirely in Harford County, NETSI Segment A is the northernmost section of the project, extending east-west between BGE’s Conastone Substation near Norrisville to BGE’s Graceton Substation near Pylesville.

Segment A Update: The construction of the 115 kV pole line on Segment A of the transmission corridor between our Graceton Substation located near Graceton Rd. and Wheeler School Rd. to the Five Forks area near Clermont Mill Rd. is complete. The 115 kV circuit has been moved from the existing lattice towers to the new pole line. We are now installing a 230 kV circuit on the existing lattice towers. Construction continues on the upgrade of the Graceton Substation. Vegetation is being surveyed along Segment A in order to perform trimming and maintenance. Restoration of construction zones continues.

 

NETSI Segment B

Located in Harford County, NETSI Segment B extends from BGE’s Graceton Substation near Pylesville south to BGE’s Bagley Substation near Fallston.
Segment B Update:Along Segment B, we are replacing the existing lattice-style electric transmission towers with single poles that have a smaller footprint but can carry more electric capacity. The new pole line has been completed in the northern part of this segment between Wheeler School Rd. and Cherry Hill Rd . The old lattice towers are now being dismantled in that section as the electric circuit is transferred to the new pole line. In the section between Cherry Hill Rd. in the north and East-West Hwy. in the south, the new foundations and poles are being installed. Vegetation management work is underway between East-West Hwy. in the north and Carrs Mill Rd. in the south to prepare for the new pole line.

 

NETSI Segment C 

The southernmost portion of the electric transmission corridor, NETSI Segment C is located partially in Harford County, where it extends from BGE’s Bagley Substation near Fallston south into Baltimore County to BGE’s Raphael Road Substation near Kingsville.
Segment C Update: This will be a multi-phase, multi-year project to (1) reinforce the access roads for the transmission corridor, (2) install concrete foundations for the new poles, (3) erect and wire the new poles, and (4) remove the existing lattice style towers.  A BGE vegetation contractor is surveying the transmission corridor and adjacent properties to identify any tree pruning or removal that will be necessary to accommodate the new transmission poles and circuits.  As they are developed, BGE will share information on any vegetation management that must take place outside the transmission corridor with impacted property owners. Crews are also gathering design information on the existing soil conditions in the transmission corridor.  Surveyors will stake the locations of the new poles, and field crews will take soil samples so the concrete foundations for the next poles can be properly designed.  Adjacent property owners and passersby may see temporary survey stakes, Miss Utility location marks to identify buried utilities, and a drill crew that will extract the soil samples. 
 
Canton Electric Reliability Project
Beginning in August 2014, BGE will be upgrading the electric system serving Click here to view map of area affected by Canton Electric Reliability Project parts of Canton in Southeast Baltimore City. The project will replace existing electric equipment, including underground lines and overhead poles and wires. In addition to adding durable, new equipment, the project will make it possible to more quickly isolate damaged equipment and re-route power to reduce the frequency and duration of any service interruptions. Work will move in phases through the neighborhood (see map) through the end of 2015. On streets where work is taking place, you can expect to see BGE crews and contractors accessing underground equipment through manholes and replacing overhead poles and wires. Some new underground conduits and manholes will also be constructed, requiring some roadways to be excavated.
 
 

Constitution Street Electric Reliability Project and Switching Station

Constitution St. between Monument St. and N. Front St. in Baltimore City will be closed as part of a BGE electric reliability project. Constitution St. (south of Monument St.) will be closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic between February and December 2015. This is part of work to upgrade the electric system serving Baltimore City customers, including installation of an electric switching station. Please contact the project team at BGEProject@bge.com with any questions.

Centre Street Electric Reliability Project

To help ensure continued reliable service to Baltimore City customers, BGE is beginning a project to install underground electric transmission cables along N. Paca St., Druid Hill Ave., W. Centre St., E. Centre St. and E. Monument St. in the Mount Vernon neighborhood.  In addition to adding durable, new equipment to keep pace with customers’ electric usage, the project will make it possible to more quickly re-route power in the event of service interruptions. Click here to view map of area affected by the Centre Street Electric Reliability Project
 
Work will move in phases through Mount Vernon over the course of a year. On sections of streets where work is taking place, you can expect to see BGE crews and contractors excavating the pavement (roadway and sections of sidewalk) to install underground equipment and manholes.  Work will require some temporary parking restrictions and lane closures with concrete barriers to allow for safe access to underground equipment and to provide space for utility vehicles to work.  All parking restrictions will be clearly marked in advance. 
 
For your safety and the safety of BGE employees and contractors, please be cautious around utility work zones. As work progresses, roadways and paved services will be temporarily patched or covered with steel plates.  Once work is completed any disturbed road lanes and/or sidewalk surfaces will be permanently repaved. 
 
For more information or updates, please contact BGEProject@bge.com and reference the Centre Street Electric Reliability Project.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to upgrade the electric system.

 

 Ellicott City Restoration Update

BGE crews responded to downtown Ellicott City to inspect equipment and begin the process of restoring service to customers after the historic flooding that damaged the area. As part of the initial restoration, a 100 foot section of gas main was installed near College Avenue to restore service to some customers. BGE is coordinating with Howard County to schedule remaining gas and electric restorations when overall site restoration and construction permits.

For safety reasons, gas appliances will be inspected and must be in good working order to have service restored. It is the owner’s responsibility to have malfunctioning equipment inspected and repaired by a certified contractor. Upon completion of the work, the customer is responsible to produce an inspection certificate. BGE will contact customers when we begin to restore service and will need access to the gas meter inside of the property to relight appliances. Please confirm with BGE the best way to reach you. You can contact BGE at 1-800-685-0123. Thank you.

Joppa Farm Road Electric Reliability Project

To help ensure continued reliable service to Harford County customers, a BGE project is installing underground electric transmission cables along approximately one mile of Joppa Farm Road's shoulder starting at Falconer Road and ending at Pulaski Highway. In addition to adding durable, new equipment to keep pace with customers' electric usage, the project will make it possible to more quickly re-route power in the event of service interruptions. The project will take place in phases between October 2016 and June 2017.

On sections of streets where work is taking place, you can expect to see BGE crews and contractors excavating the pavement to install underground equipment and manholes.   Work will impact traffic and may require some temporary parking restrictions and lane closures.  All work zones will be clearly marked and managed.  For your safety and the safety of BGE employees and contractors, please be cautious around utility work zones.


For more information or updates, please contact BGEProject@bge.com and reference the Joppatowne Reliability Improvement Project. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to upgrade the electric system.

Joppatowne Substation Reliability Upgrade Project

To improve service reliability to Harford County, we will upgrade the BGE Joppatowne Electric Substation located on Falconer Rd. This substation was completed in 1965 and serves the greater Joppatowne area that has grown significantly over the last 50 years. Upgrades to
equipment within the substation, including a 2013 improvement, have kept pace with growth. BGE’s approximately four-acre property on which the substation sits was designed to accommodate continued growth. In 2016, we again will be expanding the substation equipment within our property behind the existing substation (area shaded in blue in image). This will require clearing and grading the land to accommodate the expanded substation boundaries, and installation of new substation equipment and poles. We expect the construction to take approximately 9-12 months, completing in mid-2017. The BGE project team consulted with the Lohrs Orchard Homeowners Association and Aspen Property Management, residents along Joppa Farm Rd. adjacent to the substation, as well as Harford County elected officials about the plans. Based on input from these stakeholders, BGE is adding additional screening trees and fencing around the substation site. We appreciate the guidance and support of the community as we undertake this project. If you have any questions or concerns as we perform this important reliability upgrade on our property, please contact us at 1-800-685-0123 or email BGEProject@bge.com and reference the Joppatowne Substation Reliability Upgrade project.

Loch Raven Electric Facility 

This site, bounded by Hillen Rd., Wellbourne Rd. and Sherwood Ave. in Baltimore, was selected and purchased for a new electric distribution facility, known as the Loch Raven Electric Facility. It will reliably distribute electric power to the homes and businesses in the area. BGE will maintain a fenced, secure location at this site until construction begins in 2016. BGE worked closely with Baltimore City and community stakeholders to select the new location that will help ensure continued electric service reliability. Contact BGEProject@bge.com with any questions or concerns.

 

Westport to Wilkens Electric Reliability Project

To help ensure continued reliable service to Baltimore City customers, a BGE project is installing underground electric transmission cables Click here to view map of Westport to Wilkens Electric Reliability Project from Westport, along parts of Cedley St., Kent, St., and Hollins Ferry Rd., before crossing under Washington Blvd., I-95, Carroll Park Golf Course and linking to an upgraded electric facility near Wilkens Avenue and S. Catherine St. In addition to adding durable, new equipment to keep pace with customers’ electric usage, the project will make it possible to more quickly re-route power in the event of service interruptions. The project will take place in phases between January 2016 and continuing throughout the year.
 
On sections of streets where work is taking place, you can expect to see BGE crews and contractors excavating the pavement (roadway and sections of sidewalk) to install underground equipment and manholes.   Work will require some temporary parking restrictions and lane closures.  All work zones will be clearly marked and managed.  For your safety and the safety of BGE employees and contractors, please be cautious around utility work zones. 
 
For more information or updates, please contact BGEProject@bge.comand reference the Westport to Wilkens Electric Reliability Project. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to upgrade the electric system.
 

Wilkens Avenue Substation Project

We are beginning a project to upgrade the electric system serving the Wilkens Ave. corridor and southwest Baltimore. A new electric distribution facility will be constructed on BGE property off Wilkens Ave. between S. Catherine St. and S. Bentalou St. The new substation
facility will transform electricity from higher voltages used to move it from power plants at great distances to lower voltages used in homes, schools and businesses. This facility will also be connected to other electric facilities with new underground electric cables that will make it possible for BGE to re-route power quickly during outages due to storms or other causes. That helps improve service to you by reducing the frequency and duration of outages. During construction there will be increased activity and vehicles at the construction location. We will work to minimize construction disruption as much as possible. We anticipate work to take place during daylight hours on weekdays, excluding major holidays. We expect to be working throughout the remainder of the year and 2016, with the new facility becoming operational at the end of 2017. Please contact BGEProject@bge.com with any questions or concerns and reference the Wilkens Avenue Substation Project.

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