For Immediate Release
NEWARK, Del. (April 11, 2018) – Delmarva Power will inspect more than 19,000 wooden utility poles throughout the year as part of the company's commitment to deliver safe and reliable energy for customers. The company's Wood Pole Inspection Program is part of the preventive maintenance work it undertakes annually to proactively review its system and address potential problems before they occur.
"We are committed to performing the essential work each day that helps us deliver safe and reliable energy service to our customers," said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. "By performing routine inspections and maintenance on our wood poles, we are helping enhance reliability, safety and efficiency across our system."
Inspections include examining poles and the attached electrical equipment, taking samples from the interior of poles, and excavating around the base to check for decay. Following an inspection, Delmarva Power makes any necessary repairs and replacements so the pole can safely serve customers until its next inspection.
Delmarva Power maintains nearly 192,000 poles across its service area in Delaware and Maryland and each pole is inspected every 10 years in accordance with the National Electric Safety Code. In Maryland, most of the 2018 wood pole inspections will occur in Centerville and Salisbury and, in Delaware, inspections will occur in Christiana, Wilmington and Newark. Over the last five years, Delmarva Power has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in Delaware and Maryland to maintain and modernize the local energy grid and enhance reliability for customers.
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About Delmarva Power: Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 520,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and approximately 132,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.