For Immediate Release
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 7, 2005
Thousands Left in the Dark; More Ice Expected
Pepco, responding to a plea for assistance, is today sending line repair crews to northeastern Pennsylvania where a devastating ice storm Thursday left thousands of utility customers in the dark.
A second ice storm is forecast this weekend and PPL Electric Utilities of Allentown, Pa., asked for additional help from utilities throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Pepco sent 10 company crews and 10 contract crews with their vehicles and equipment. The company's sister utility, Wilmington, Del.-based Conectiv, also responded with more than 20 contract crews. Pepco and Conectiv are subsidiaries of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE-POM).
"We're fortunate not to have been hit by the storm and so we are able to free some of our crews to help out," said Pepco President William Sim. He added that PPL was quick to respond to Pepco's need for assistance last year following Hurricane Isabel.
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About Pepco: Pepco, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers electricity at regulated rates to 725,000 customers in Washington and major portions of Montgomery and Prince George's counties in suburban Maryland.
Point of Contact:Robert Dobkin