For Immediate Release
More Than 39,000 Customers Receive Power in Last 24 HoursAbout 900 Personnel Working on Restoration Efforts
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - Atlantic
City Electric continues to make solid progress on restoration efforts
and has now restored power to more than 140,000 customers of the 206,000
customers who lost power as a result of Saturday's storm.
Atlantic City Electric line crews have been working around the clock
since the effects of the wind storm first hit the area on early Saturday
morning. Both internal resources and outside reinforcements will
continue to work 24/7 and through the July Fourth holiday until power is
restored to every customer who lost electricity from this storm.
It is expected that all of the barrier islands will be fully restored
before the July Fourth holiday. The vast majority of customers (more
than 90 percent) affected by this storm are expected to have their power
restored by midnight, July 4. The global estimated time of restoration
(ETR) for remaining customers is 11:59 p.m., Friday, July 6.
Restoration efforts are supported by all of New Jersey's electric
utilities. Line crews from JCPL, PSE&G and Orange & Rockland
began arriving here on Saturday. As of Monday, Atlantic City Electric
has deployed more than 900 field resources to work on restoration
efforts. This group includes 576 line contractors from New York and
northern New Jersey, 39 contract assessment crews, and 314 tree-trimming
personnel. To manage the influx of hundreds of workers and heavy
equipment, the Atlantic City Race Course has been converted to a staging
area where crews prepare for shifts that last up to 16 hours.
"The devastation to our system was extensive, but we have made
significant progress in our effort to fully restore electricity to every
customer affected by this storm," said Vince Maione, Atlantic City
Atlantic City Electric is finalizing the restoration of the main
transmission lines and will be working in the neighborhoods to restore
outages associated with smaller groups and individual customers.
Customers Asked to Report Power Outages
Customer reported outages are vital to Atlantic City Electric's
restoration efforts. Customers are asked to report outages at
www.atlanticcityelectric.com or by calling 1-800-833-7476 and following
the prompts on the automated system. If reporting an emergency or
another life-threatening situation such as downed wires, customers
should immediately call 1-800-833-7476 and follow the appropriate
Atlantic City Electric also recommends, when reporting an outage, that
customers request a call-back. Call-backs allow Atlantic City Electric
to notify customers when work in their area is completed. However,
although area work has been completed, not every customer may have been
restored. If further damage exists on equipment directly serving a
customer's home, the call-backs help the utility to locate outages that
are specific to customers' homes and still need to be addressed.
To keep up to date, customers are encouraged to visit
www.atlanticcityelectric.com, follow us on Facebook and Twitter at
ACElecConnect and download our mobile app at www.atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp.
Atlantic City Electric Encourages Safety Precautions
After severe storms, Atlantic City Electric urges customers to take safety precautions. Our safety tips include:
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Atlantic City Electric, a public
utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe,
reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to more
than 540,000 customers in southern New Jersey.