LANDING, N.J. (June 1, 2016) – With weather forecasts calling for a
potentially active hurricane season this year, Atlantic City Electric (ACE) is
making preparations to help ensure safe and reliable service for its customers.
Reliability Improvement Plan and other
electric distribution system investments, the company has invested more
than $716 million on new technology, system upgrades and expansions since 2011 to
modernize the electric system and help protect it against extreme weather
Atlantic City Electric has
performed reliability upgrades and system improvements on about 210 electric
circuits, with higher voltage lines that distribute electricity to customers. We've also upgraded
hundreds of miles of wire, replaced hundreds of poles and installed automated
switching technology on dozens of electric circuits designed to isolate outages
and restore power to customers quicker. In addition, the company has upgraded
four substations with new equipment, circuit breakers and transformers, and
built three new substations in Atlantic, Cape May and Gloucester counties.
The company has implemented a
comprehensive vegetation management plan and has spent more than $40 million
over the last three years on tree trimming and associated vegetation management
work along nearly 5,200 miles of power lines to help prevent outages.
“We are prepared for whatever the summer
storm and hurricane seasons bring,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric
region president. “It takes only one storm to cause property damage and
widespread power outages. We want to assure our customers that we are committed
to an emergency response system that makes safety a priority, restores power as
quickly as possible and provides customers with information on how to prepare
for and deal with weather-related outages.”
City Electric employees prepare for the possibility of storm-related power
outages by participating in emergency drills on a regular basis. In addition,
ACE maintains an adequate supply of essential equipment, such as poles, wires
and transformers, and stays in contact with other utilities to quickly arrange for
mutual assistance in case of a natural disaster.
“We also believe that preventive maintenance
is essential in reducing the potential for service interruptions caused by
stormy weather,” said Maione. “We plan to continue to make investments over the
next several years to upgrade and modernize our electric infrastructure. We’ll
also continue regular tree trimming near power lines to help avoid outages that
can be caused by trees and limbs that fall during storms.”
Atlantic City Electric encourages residents
to assemble an emergency kit that can be used at home and, if necessary, taken
with them if they’re ordered to evacuate. Each kit should include a flashlight,
battery-powered clock and radio, extra batteries, non-perishable food, manual
can opener, bottled water and a list of important phone numbers. All items can
be placed into a large cooler which is easy to grab if a person has to leave
ACE also provides a “Weathering the Storm
Fact Sheet” that can be downloaded from its website atlanticcityelectric.com.
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