For Immediate Release
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MAYS LANDING, N.J. (Dec. 2, 2021) – As stronger and more damaging storms, resulting from climate change, become more frequent across southern New Jersey, Atlantic City Electric is completing essential work to prepare the local energy grid to meet customer demand and keep homes and businesses warm and powered this winter. Employees are completing maintenance and inspections, as well as upgrades and critical repairs to prepare for winter weather. This work is an essential component of providing safe and reliable service for the company's approximately 560,000 customers through the winter and beyond.
"We stay committed to providing our customers with safe, reliable and affordable energy service year-round and take the steps necessary to help prevent those outages that can be prevented," said Doug Mokoid, Atlantic City Electric region president. "Through our proactive preparation to strengthen and secure the local energy grid this winter, we are taking the necessary steps to help ensure the safety of our communities, employees and contractors. Our team of lineworkers, engineers and others have worked hard throughout the pandemic and recent weather events to help strengthen our system and prepare for whatever we may face this winter season."
On the local electric grid, preparation includes inspecting and upgrading equipment; trimming trees, which cause about 22 percent of power outages; building new underground equipment; and installing stronger, tree-resistant aerial cable. Atlantic City Electric also continues to install smart technology that can automatically identify the location of damage, restore service more quickly, or isolate damage. Over the last 10 years, these ongoing investments in the local energy grid have reduced the frequency of electric outages by 53 percent for Atlantic City Electric customers.
Just as Atlantic City Electric prepares, the company encourages customers also to be ready for severe weather that the winter season can bring.
Being prepared is a responsibility everyone should take seriously. If a severe winter storm strikes, customers should monitor local weather reports regularly and follow the advice of local emergency management officials. Immediately report downed wires or service issues by calling 800-833-7476 , visiting atlanticcityelectric.com, or through the company's mobile app. Customers can also report an outage by texting "Out" to 20661. Customers must first text "ADD OUTAGE" to 20661 to sign up for this service. If an outage does occur, the company's interactive online outage map and its mobile app provide estimates of how quickly power is expected to be restored. More tips, resources and safety information are available at atlanticcityelectric.com/Storm.
As many continue spending time at home and as temperatures drop, energy usage typically climbs too. Atlantic City Electric provides helpful tips and information to help customers save money and energy all winter. More tips and information is available at atlanticcityelectric.com/SaveEnergy.
Customers who are past due on their Atlantic City Electric bill should contact the company immediately for payment arrangements and energy assistance. Atlantic City Electric will work with every customer to help identify the support necessary to continue energy service. To learn more about assistance options customers can call 800-642-3780 or visit atlanticcityelectric.com/Help for additional information.
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