For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. (June 21, 2018) – Pepco was recognized by Edison Electric Institute (EEI) for its restoration efforts following Winter Storm Riley that hit the District of Columbia and Maryland, and for contributions to the unprecedented emergency power restoration mission in Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria last September.
Pepco, along with Exelon companies Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power, PECO and BGE were recognized with Emergency Recovery Awards and ComEd received an Emergency Assistance Award for providing support during the nor'easters. Each of the Exelon companies, including Pepco, also were recognized with the special 2018 Emergency Assistance Awards for Puerto Rico Power Restoration. The awards were presented at EEI's Annual Convention held earlier this month.
"We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to restore service to our customers following Winter Storm Riley and for going the extra mile to restore power to those impacted in Puerto Rico," said Tyler Anthony, Pepco Holdings senior vice president and Chief Operating Officer. "These awards recognize the incredible commitment Exelon employees bring to challenging situations, both in our backyard and beyond."
In early March, Winter Storm Riley delivered high sustained winds, with gusts higher than 70-mph-range, for more than 48 hours and Winter Storm Quinn further complicated repairs to massive and widespread damage to the local energy grid by bringing heavy, wet snow to portions of Pepco's service area. In total, more than 252,000 Pepco customers lost power and more than 1,700 employees and contractors were engaged in restoration efforts during the storms, including workers mobilized from other Exelon utilities. The vast majority— 95 percent of all customers—had power restored within 48 hours of when the storm began, with crews continuing to work in challenging conditions until every last customer was restored.
Over the course of nearly two months, 50 members from Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric, worked in very challenging conditions in the Caguas region, one of the hardest hit areas of Puerto Rico. Pepco employees worked as part of a team of approximately 300 employees from across Exelon to restore power to more than 11,000 customers without power in Puerto Rico for more than six months. During the seven-week deployment, the entire Exelon team safely installed 376 poles, 267 transformers, and over 108 miles of power lines.
EEI's Emergency Response Awards recognize companies that put forth outstanding efforts to restore service to the public following a storm or natural disaster. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process. Last year, EEI also recognized Pepco with an Emergency Assistance Award for assisting with power restorations efforts in areas of the southeast U.S. in response to Hurricane Irma.
Over the years, Pepco has sent hundreds of crews and support personnel to assist other energy companies across the country as part of mutual assistance networks. Just as Pepco provides support, crews from across the U.S. have helped with restoration efforts in this region following severe storms.
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About Pepco: Pepco, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 842,000 electric delivery customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.