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Delmarva Power to Enhance Reliability on Upper Eastern Shore

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Transmission Line to be Upgraded between Easton and Hurlock, Md.

SALISBURY , Md . – Delmarva Power plans to rebuild a transmission line between Easton and Hurlock, Md., to enhance electric service reliability on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and in central and southern Delaware.

The 69,000 volt line will be rebuilt on approximately 17 miles of the existing right-of-way between the company’s Easton substation near Easton and the Todd substation near Hurlock. Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2012 with completion targeted for December 2012.

The project involves the rebuild of the existing circuit and replacement of wooden poles with a combination of more durable weathering steel and galvanized poles. “The rebuilt transmission line will help avoid extended power outages, should there be a major problem with the transmission and generation infrastructure,” said John Allen, Delmarva Power Region Vice President. “The line will especially have a direct benefit for customers in Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester counties in Maryland. This project is one in a series of transmission system enhancements we are making to maintain reliability on the Delmarva Peninsula.”

“Choptank Electric Cooperative is supportive of Delmarva Power’s plan to rebuild the Todd to Easton transmission line,” said Mike Wheatley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Choptank Electric Cooperative. “Choptank Electric Cooperative has two substations with a direct feed from this transmission line and we believe that this project will improve our service to our members. We appreciate Delmarva Power’s reliability initiative and service to their customers and to Choptank Electric Cooperative.”

“Reliable transmission infrastructure is critical to Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO of Easton Utilities. “This project will help to maintain and enhance the reliability of our power supply.”

Delmarva Power will hold community meetings from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 12 at VFW - E.E. Streets Memorial Post, 355 Glebe Rd. in Easton and on Jan. 17 at Preston Volunteer Fire Company, 3680 Choptank Rd. in Preston. The meetings will consist of a brief presentation followed by an opportunity for the public to meet with Delmarva Power representatives who will answer questions about the project.

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and nearly 124,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .