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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.

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Waterfront Substation
Pepco is 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 the 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 the end of 2016.

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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.

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Buzzard Point Substation and Ritchie Substation
Pepco is 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 Pepco's Buzzard Point Substation in Southwest Washington, DC and Pepco's 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.

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Harvard 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 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. This is phase three of a six phase project.

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Friendship Heights
Pepco has 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.

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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 in February 2013 and is expected to be completed by 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.

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