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For Immediate Release


Delmarva Power to Begin New Reliability Project in Delaware

NEWARK, Del. - Delmarva Power plans to rebuild a nearly 50-year old transmission line between Red Lion and Milford, Del., to enhance electric service reliability in the state.

The 230,000-volt transmission line will be rebuilt on 58 miles of the existing right-of-way between the company's Red Lion substation in southern New Castle County, the Cedar Creek substation in Kent County and the Milford substation in Sussex County. Construction on the first phase between Red Lion and Cedar Creek is scheduled to begin in June 2015 with completion targeted for December 2016. Work from Cedar Creek to Milford is expected to start in June 2016 and be finished in December 2017.

The approximately $71 million project involves the rebuild of the existing circuit and replacement of more than 400 wooden poles that are 65- to 100-feet tall with more durable, weathering steel poles that are 110- to 140-feet high. Weathering steel poles eliminate the need for painting and form a stable, rust-like appearance if exposed to the weather for several years. Construction of the replacement line will take place along the eastern border of the existing right-of-way. All wooden structures will be removed when the project is completed.

Delmarva Power plans to make every effort to minimize noise and traffic disruptions during construction.

"The rebuilt transmission line will help avoid extended power outages, should there be a major problem with transmission and generation infrastructure," said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. "This project is one in a series of transmission system enhancements we are making to maintain reliability on the Delmarva Peninsula."

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