Friday’s severe weather in the New Castle County area caused outages for about 13,000 customers. We have assessed heavy tree damage and flooding. Crews are back working around the clock to restore service for our customers. View the damage we're assessing here: https://youtu.be/4MBuu50y92I
For Immediate Release
NEWARK, Del. (May 25, 2017) - With weather forecasts calling for a
potentially active hurricane season this year, ranging anywhere from 11 to 17
named storms, Delmarva Power has worked to upgrade and modernize its electric
infrastructure in advance of the summer storm season to help ensure safe and
reliable service for its customers. The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1
through November 30.
Over the past three years,
we have invested $425 million on new technology and projects to prepare for hot
weather and storms, including upgraded substation equipment and new poles,
transformers and associated infrastructure.
"Our all hazards planning and preparedness efforts address seasonal
events such as hurricanes and severe weather," said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva
Power region president. "Every storm and outage is significant to us and our
customers. We encourage all of our customers to participate in readiness activities
specific to their household or business with a focus on planning for potential
outages caused by weather events. We are constantly at the ready from an
operational standpoint, and we continue focusing on improving reliability
throughout our service territory."
As an Exelon utility,
Delmarva Power is able to share resources with BGE, PECO, Pepco and Atlantic
City Electric, which allows the company to respond to storms faster and more
All Delmarva Power employees prepare for the possibility of
storm-related power outages by participating in emergency drills on a regular
basis. In addition, we maintain an adequate supply of essential equipment, such
as poles, wires and transformers.
"We believe that preventive maintenance is essential in reducing the
potential for service interruptions caused by weather events," said Stockbridge.
"We will continue to make investments over the next several years as we keep
our promise to improve reliability, maintain our system and incorporate new
Since 2014, we have upgraded 19 substations to support key equipment
and infrastructure which can restore customers more efficiently if a service
interruption does occur.
Additionally, we will continue regular tree trimming near power lines
to help avoid outages that can be caused by trees and limbs that fall during
storms. We recently completed $47 million in vegetation management activities.
Delmarva Power, in partnership with the Red Cross, local emergency
managers and AAA held their annual summer readiness briefing on May 25, 2017. During the briefing, Delmarva Power and its
partners stressed the importance of storm preparedness in advance of the summer
storm and hurricane seasons.
Below are a few helpful links so residents are weather-ready.
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