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Delmarva Power to Improve Reliability with New Transmission Project

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

New High-Voltage Line Planned for Sussex and Worcester Counties

MILLSBORO, Del . -- In order to enhance electric service reliability in southern Delaware and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delmarva Power plans to build a new, high-voltage, transmission line between Millsboro, Del., and Bishopville, Md.

The 138,000 volt line will be built on approximately 12 miles of an existing right-of-way. Construction is scheduled to begin in Delaware in November of this year and in Maryland in February 2012. Completion is targeted for May 2012.

“Engineering studies indicate that the new line will help avoid extended power outages for many customers in Sussex and Worcester counties should there be a major problem with the current transmission network that links Salisbury and Ocean City in Maryland and Bethany Beach in Delaware,” said John Allen, Vice President, Delmarva Power. “This project represents another step in Delmarva Power’s commitment to continue to provide safe and reliable electric service to our customers.”

Delmarva Power plans to hold community meetings in the near future to provide more details on the project. The company will provide the public with the meeting schedule once it has been finalized.

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to nearly 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .