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Delmarva Power and PJM Continue Call for Energy Conservation

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Frigid Temperatures Push Electricity Use Higher

SALISBURY, Md. — Delmarva Power, on behalf of PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator for more than 51 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia, is asking its customers to voluntarily conserve electricity.

PJM's call for conservation was promoted by extremely high demand for electricity because of continuing frigid weather and the weather-related loss of some generation. PJM is implementing all emergency procedures to ensure all generation is available.

Demand for electricity is expected to increase as the extremely cold weather lingers for the next several days. Delmarva Power and PJM ask customers to consider conserving electricity, if health permits – especially today from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Customers can take these simple electricity conservation steps:

• Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits.
• Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.
• Gather in a central room where you have alternative heat. At night, cover windows with drapes or blankets to minimize heat loss. During the day, open blinds to let sun warm the space.

Conserving electricity will help ensure adequate power supplies. Delmarva Power will continue to carefully monitor power supply conditions.

Delmarva Power will ensure that all available personnel are ready to respond to any service interruptions. Customers are asked to please call in any outages and stay away from any downed wires. To report outages or downed wires, please call 1-800-898-8042 (New Castle, Cecil and Harford counties) or 1-800-898-8045 (Kent and Sussex counties and the Eastern Shore of Maryland).  Follow the prompts and ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through www.delmarva.com or through our mobile app. For natural gas emergencies in New Castle County, call 1-302-454-0317.

Find additional information by visiting www.delmarva.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.delmarva.com/mobileapp.