• Reliability Projects

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    Bloomingdale

    We are always working to provide safe, reliable electric service to our customers, and to support the needs of the growing Bloomingdale community. As part of this commitment, we are performing equipment and cable inspections, along with the necessary upgrades needed to accommodate recent service issues and long-term future community growth. The recent heat wave and increased load, caused by tremendous growth in the area, have put stress on the aging infrastructure. Our enhancements will address these concerns and improve reliability for customers in the Bloomingdale area.


    Buzzard Point Substation and Ritchie Substation

    We are always working to provide safe, reliable electric service to our customers, and to support the needs of the region. As part of this commitment, we are increasing the capacity of two underground circuits between our Buzzard Point Substation in Southwest Washington, DC and Ritchie Substation in Seat Pleasant, Maryland. These upgrades are necessary to maintain reliable electric service, comply with updated standards from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation for local distribution companies that maintain transmission lines and substations, and to address the projections of the regional electric grid operator, PJM Interconnection LLC (“PJM”), for power and reliability protocols on Pepco's transmission system.


    Capital Grid

    We are committed to delivering safe  and reliable energy to our customers and communities in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Part of this commitment includes actively managing and maintaining the existing electric system and planning for the future needs of our customers. The Capital Grid Project that we are proposing is an integrated solution that will strengthen the Capital area's electric system, promoting enhanced reliability and resiliency.

    Columbia Heights 

    Our priority is to provide safe and reliable electric service to our customers. Pepco is taking the necessary steps to improve the quality of service in the Columbia Heights community. As part of our commitment, Pepco continues to perform infrastructure and cable inspections to evaluate overall system conditions. Certain upgrades have already been completed or are under way to address recent service issues. These upgrades are essential for maintaining and enhancing the overall electric reliability to residents and businesses in the Columbia Heights community.


    Darnestown Road Substation

    As part of our commitment to safely provide reliable electric service to our customers, we’ve identified the need to build a new substation that enhances reliability and helps to modernize the electrical infrastructure in your area. The project supports the surrounding community by providing additional capacity for the future, new technology and more reliable electric service.


    Friendship Heights

    We designed a three-phase project to upgrade existing infrastructure in the Friendship Heights area. The project involves more than tripling the capacity of three 4 kilovolt (kV) primary distribution lines, also known as feeders, by replacing them with 13 kV lines. We also will reduce load on the Harrison Substation in Friendship Heights by transferring three 4 kV feeders to the Oliver Substation in Van Ness. This work is similar to other 4 kV conversion projects completed throughout the District of Columbia.

    Georgetown Reliability Conversion

    We are committed to providing reliable electric service to our customers. Part of that commitment includes supporting future energy needs of the region. As part of this commitment, we are upgrading underground equipment in the Georgetown area to increase electric capacity and improve reliability in the area. The Georgetown Conversion Reliability Project will begin September 2016 and is expected to be complete by summer 2017.

    Harrison Street Substation

    We are always working to provide safe, reliable electric service to our customers and to support the needs of the region.  As part of this commitment, Pepco is upgrading the Harrison Street substation in the Friendship Heights area of Washington, D.C.  Related to this project will be the upgrade of underground supply feeders to the substation. 


    Harvard Conversion

    We are always working to provide safe, reliable electric service to our customers and to support the needs of the region. As part of this commitment, we are increasing capacity of approximately 6000 feet of 4kv to 13kv underground feeders at the Harvard Substation by building a new conduit and upgrading cables located in the District of Columbia. These upgrades will enhance reliability for customers in Ward 1 in the District of Columbia. 


    I Street  

    We’re committed to providing reliable electric service to our customers. Part of that commitment includes supporting future energy needs of the region. This is why we initiated the I Street Capacity Improvement Project which includes upgrading underground equipment along I Street N.W., Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. and H Street N.W. near George Washington University. This project will help increase electric capacity and improve electric service reliability in the area. Project work is expected to be complete by July 2017.

    North Capital Conversion

    Our priority is to ensure safe, reliable electric service to our customers, and to support the needs of the region. As part of this commitment, we are upgrading and increasing the capacity of equipment in the area of North Capitol Street and Riggs Road N.E.


    Penn Branch

    The Penn Branch upgrade involves projects on three feeders. A feeder is a power line that delivers electricity to many homes and businesses. The first project began in May 2012 and was completed in August 2012. Work on the second and third feeders began was completed in June 2013. This project includes the installation of thousands of feet of primary, secondary and residential power lines and a total of 44 transformers and 168 poles.

    Waterfront Substation

    We are always working to provide safe, reliable electric service to our customers, and to support the needs of the region. As part of this commitment, we have identified the need to construct a new distribution substation within Ward 6, Buzzard Point area of the District of Columbia. The proposed Waterfront Substation is needed to support existing customers and planned development in the Capitol Riverfront and Southwest Waterfront areas and to replace aging infrastructure. The new substation is expected to be placed in service by June 2017.