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 Nov. 30. During the past three years, Delmarva Power has 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 cost-effectively.
Delmarva Power employees prepare for the possibility of storm-related power outages by participating in emergency drills on a regular basis. In addition, Delmarva Power maintains an adequate supply of essential equipment, such as poles, wires and transformers.
Since 2014, Delmarva Power has upgraded 19 substations to support key equipment and infrastructure, which can restore customers more efficiently if a service interruption does occur.
Additionally, Delmarva Power will continue regular tree trimming near power lines to help avoid outages that can be caused by trees and limbs that fall during storms. Delmarva Power recently completed $47 million in vegetation management activities.
Delmarva Power, in partnership with the Red Cross, local emergency managers and AAA held its annual summer readiness briefing May 25. During the briefing, Delmarva Power and its partners stressed the importance of storm preparedness in advance of the summer storm and hurricane seasons.
For more information on becoming weather-ready, visit Delmarva Power Storm Preparation Handbook at delmarva.com/storm; Delaware Emergency Management Agency at dema.delaware.gov; and American Red Cross at redcross.org.
For information about Delmarva Power, visit delmarva.com.