Storm Update #5: BGE Update On Outages

| February 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), a subsidiary of Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG), today announced it has restored electric service to more than 51,000 customers since the winter storm began to impact Central Maryland Friday afternoon. However, the utility expects the number of customers without power to increase steadily as the wet, heavy snow and high wind continue to weigh down trees and tree limbs, bringing them down onto power lines and other electric equipment.  The utility also urged customers to avoid gas and electric meters and attached equipment when clearing snow and to keep meters clear of snow and ice buildup to prevent the devices from malfunctioning and possibly interfering with service.

“BGE crews continue to work under extremely challenging conditions but have made good progress restoring some of our customers to service. However, this restoration effort will extend for at least the next several days as new outages continue to occur on our system,” said A. Christopher Burton, senior vice president of gas and electric operations and planning for BGE. “BGE’s field forces are driving in very hazardous conditions, extending their arrival times to outage locations. Once there, the restoration effort is complicated by large amounts of tree debris as well as snow and ice which must be addressed first, even before work begins to repair or replace damaged electric equipment. We truly appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding as we work through this very difficult storm.”

Approximately 850 BGE and contract personnel are actively engaged in the storm restoration process. Additionally, approximately 300 linemen and support staff from Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio are expected to arrive later today and begin assisting BGE with the restoration, bringing the total number of field and support resources to approximately 1,150.

It is far too early to determine when all customers will be restored to service. BGE is working very closely with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and local jurisdictions to ensure a coordinated effort.

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