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Company encourages customers to prepare for summer storms
NEWARK, Del. (June 6, 2023) — Summer is quickly approaching, and Delmarva Power has been performing essential work to ready the local energy grid against severe weather and increased customer demand. Delmarva Power crews continue to perform essential maintenance and upgrades that further enhances service reliability and makes the local energy grid more resilient to power the company's 541,000 electric customers in Delaware and Maryland and 138,000 natural gas customers in northern Delaware. This hard works helps to harden Delmarva Power's energy infrastructure against the growing impact of summer severe weather and hurricanes.
"Our commitment to provide reliable energy is proven everyday by our dedicated 1,800 employees working to protect the local energy grid against increasingly severe weather events and prepare for increased customer demand," said Tamla Olivier, senior vice president and COO for Pepco Holdings, which includes Delmarva Power. "We take our responsibility to keep homes and business powered seriously. The work we are doing is not only making the grid more reliable and more resilient, but is creating the pathway to cleaner energy options for our customers."
Several major projects are underway to enhance grid reliability and resiliency, including:
Delmarva Power's efforts to reinforce the local energy grid and add new technology has helped strengthen service reliability. Delmarva Power electric customers in the Delaware experienced the lowest frequency of electric outages ever in 2022, with a more than seven percent decrease in the frequency of outages since the previous low set in 2018. Delmarva Power customers in Maryland experienced the best-ever reliability again for frequency of electric outages, tying the record established in 2021.
Just as Delmarva Power prepares for the summer storm season, the company encourages its customers to be ready as well. Here are some tips:
Being prepared is a responsibility everyone should take seriously. If a severe storm hits, monitor local weather reports regularly and follow the advice of local emergency management officials. Residents should stay away from downed wires and immediately report a downed wire or service issue by calling 800-898-8042, visiting delmarva.com or through the company's mobile app. If you smell natural gas, leave the area immediately and then call 302-454-0317. Customers can also report an outage by texting "OUT" to 67972. Customers must first text "ADD OUTAGE" to 67972 to sign up for this service.
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