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Infrastructure projects to build a smarter, stronger and cleaner energy grid, result in lowest frequency of customer outages ever in DC and continued strong performance in Maryland
WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 7, 2022) — Pepco's efforts to reinforce the local energy grid, add new technology and smart devices and target projects to increase resiliency has resulted in customers experiencing fewer electric outages in 2022.
Over the past ten years, ongoing investments in the local energy grid have driven a 57 percent decrease in the frequency of electric outages Pepco customers have experienced based on industry benchmarks.
With more frequent and impactful weather events the result of climate change, customers interconnecting solar panels and electric vehicles with the grid increasing, and customers depending on a reliable energy grid more than ever before, Pepco must continue to invest in the grid to ensure customers continue to experience reliable energy service.
"Delivering reliable energy service is part of our broader effort to provide a world-class experience for our customers," said Tamla Olivier, chief operating officer of Pepco Holdings. "This achievement is fueled by a sustained investment in the local energy grid and is a representation of the commitment that every Pepco employee has to support our customers."
Each day, Pepco performs work across the District of Columbia and Maryland as part of the company's ongoing efforts to further improve reliability for customers. This work includes inspecting existing infrastructure, trimming trees that could impact the system, building new substations and new underground equipment, strengthening transmission and distribution lines and installing stronger, tree-resistant aerial cable. Pepco also installs innovative technologies to improve system reliability, such as specialized equipment, like smart switches and reclosers, that can automatically detect issues and restore service faster by automatically isolating damage. These technologies have been a major driver in the continued reduction in outages for customers.
Pepco continues to invest in projects and initiatives to reinforce the local energy grid while providing customers with the information they need to make informed choices on their energy use.
On the local energy grid, Pepco completed several key projects in recent years, helping modernize the grid and enhance reliability for customers. In 2022, Pepco performed work on several projects to further improve service reliability. These projects include:
For more information on additional reliability enhancement projects across D.C. and Maryland, visit pepco.com/ReliabilityProjects.
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