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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published July 03, 2012

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Continues Restoration Efforts; Service Restored to Nearly 80 percent of Customers Affected by Friday’s Severe-Impact Storm



Public safety, critical customers and system infrastructure remain priorities
BGE also bracing for additional storms forecasted for late Tuesday and Wednesday; encourages customers to prepare as well
 
BALTIMORE, July 3, 2012 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that as of 5 p.m., it has restored service to more than a half-million customers, or nearly 80 percent of all customers affected by Friday evening’s damaging weather system. Outages affecting public safety and critical facilities remain a priority, including 911 centers, hospitals and pumping stations. 
 
Additional  priorities are jobs that restore the greatest number of customers as possible, and customers who have been without service the longest.  


“While safety remains our number one priority for restoration work, every single job is important to us,” said Stephen J. Woerner, senior vice president and chief operating officer for BGE.   “BGE continues to request and receive assistance from out-of-state utility companies so we can repair the severe damage our system sustained and restore service to all our customers who are still without power.  With the addition of 1,300 out of state utility workers, we now have 3,800 people working on restoring power.”  

The utility is also preparing for additional storms which have been forecasted for Wednesday and urges customers to take necessary precautions.   Customers should keep the following items readily available:

Flashlights – not candles

Fresh batteries

Battery operated clock radio

Corded telephone

Fully charged cell phone

Non-perishable foods

Customers also should consider filling the fuel tanks of their vehicles in the event a power outage affects service to neighborhood gas stations. For customers who rely on well water, filling a bathtub with water in advance of severe weather is strongly encouraged.

“We are closely monitoring and planning for the potential of thunderstorms in the coming days,” said Woerner.  “All of our customers should be aware that more severe weather could cause additional outages and affect our restoration efforts.  Our crews will continue to work as safely and quickly as possible.”

As a reminder, BGE customers who may be elderly, handicapped or dependent on electricity for medical equipment or refrigerated medication, should always have alternate arrangements in place should they experience an extended power outage. Customers using a generator should follow manufacturer instructions and be sure to locate generators in well-ventilated areas. For more information about BGE storm preparation and how customers can protect their families and property, go to bge.com.

 BGE continues to urge customers to avoid downed wires, and to report them immediately by calling BGE at 1-877-778-2222. The utility is actively responding to more than 4,500 reports of downed wires.   In addition to restoration crews, BGE safety personnel have been engaged in blocking access to areas with downed wires. Customers should treat all downed wires as energized, and report it immediately to BGE.

To learn more about where our crews be working each day, customers are encouraged to visit bge.com to review a list of areas where crews will be working throughout the day. Please be aware that this is not a fully inclusive list, as BGE has a balanced restoration approach in each and every part of its service area. Even when not immediately visible in your neighborhood, crews may be repairing damage elsewhere in an effort to restore electricity to those in your community.

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. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

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