Delmarva Power to Enhance Reliability with Transmission Upgrade Project
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Rebuilt High-Voltage Line Planned for Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore
MILLINGTON, Md. – In order to enhance electric service reliability on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and in central and southern Delaware, Delmarva Power plans to rebuild a transmission line between Millington, Md., and Townsend, Del.
The 138,000 volt line will be built on approximately 12 miles of the existing right-of-way. Construction is scheduled to begin in Delaware in July 2013 and in Maryland in August 2013 with completion by February 2014. The project involves the rebuild of the existing circuit and replacement of wooden poles with weathering steel poles.
“Engineering studies indicate that 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 rebuilt line will have a direct benefit for customers in Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties in Maryland. This project is one of several similar transmission upgrade projects planned for the Delmarva Peninsula over the next several years, all of which demonstrate Delmarva Power's commitment to continue to provide safe and reliable electric service for our customers.”
The public can get an update on the project at a meeting that will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 16 at the Millington Fire Hall, located at 185 Sassafras St. in Millington, Md.
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 over 124,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.