November 02, 2012
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Nears Completion of Restoration; Approximately 700 Customers Remain Without Power as a Result of Hurricane Sandy
BGE remains on track to restore the vast majority of customers tonight, with some scattered outages continuing into the weekend in areas that sustained significant damage
Baltimore – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that it remains committed to completing the restoration of approximately 700 customers still without electricity following Hurricane Sandy. With the vast majority of main lines repaired, the company is continuing to focus efforts on the smaller lines that serve homes and businesses. Going forward, BGE will conduct inspections in order to ensure the integrity and overall reliability of the electric system. Among other things, BGE will address trees damaged by this destructive weather system and that could cause future outages.
“BGE is approaching full restoration of electric service to its customers following Hurricane Sandy and remains confident that the vast majority of customers will be restored tonight,” said Jeannette M. Mills, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE. “While some scattered outages may continue into the weekend in areas that have sustained significant damage, we’re also experiencing new outages unrelated to Hurricane Sandy. While we will continue to work diligently to restore all of our customers, priority will be given to the larger customer outages and customers who have been without power the longest. If you are experiencing a new outage, or see a downed wire, please call 877-778-2222 to report it.”
BGE’s tremendous progress could not be possible without the more than 5,600 employees, contractors and out-of-state linemen, tree personnel and support staff, who committed their time and efforts to restoring service as quickly and safely as possible. BGE thanks the more than 1,900 out-of-state and contract linemen, tree personnel and support staff who traveled from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas and aided our restoration efforts. BGE’s sister utility, ComEd, an Exelon company based in Chicago, has also provided support to the company’s preparation and restoration efforts.
Customers can learn more about where our crews will be and when, by visiting bge.com to review a list of work areas. We do caution our customers that this is not a fully inclusive list. Restoration updates can also be found on BGE’s social media sites Twitter and Facebook.
Customers are reminded to stay away from downed wires and never touch or try to move a wire of any type, as well as be observant for caution tape, safety cones, rope or other equipment that may be blocking a downed wire or other hazard. Never attempt to cross a taped or guarded area, and obey the instructions of public safety officials who may be safeguarding an area. Customers are urged to report downed wires, as well as power outages, by calling 1.877.778.2222.
Customers should continue to visit BGE’s online Storm Center for important storm safety information. As a reminder, BGE customers who may be elderly, disabled or dependent on electricity for medical equipment, should always have alternate arrangements in place should they experience an extended power outage.
BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,400 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider with approximately $33 billion in annual revenues.