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Pepco Taking Steps to Support Customers During Coronavirus Pandemic

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How Pepco is Responding to the Coronavirus

At Pepco, safety is our top priority. 

As part of our commitment to  safety, we are closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus  (COVID-19)  and taking appropriate precautions to protect the health and safety of our customers, employees and contractors. 

To help ensure the safety of our customers and employees: 

We are closely following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including practicing six-feet social distancing. We are also ensuring our essential employees who regularly interact with customers have the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to perform their jobs safely, including masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes. 

We have eliminated all non-essential travel and we're abiding by all travel restrictions  and limiting internal and external meetings and gatherings. We also conduct weekly all-employee calls with leadership to keep our workforce updated on safety guidelines and available resources.

To the extent possible, we have moved our employees to a remote work environment and have developed a Safe Re-Entry Task Force that will continue evaluating the environment to determine when it is safe for employees to return to work in our offices. To support our employees who cannot work remotely, including our essential field-based technicians, we have provided additional protective equipment and reviewed work practices to incorporate social distancing where possible. All Pepco facilities and company vehicles also undergo enhanced cleaning.

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Frequently Asked Questions Related to the Coronavirus

What else are you doing to ensure customer safety?

In addition to  encouraging customers to utilize  the digital tools that are available through  pepco.com or the  Pepco Mobile App,  we are taking precautions to help ensure that our customers, employees and contractors are protected when there is a need to perform work at homes or businesses.

Occasionally, Pepco employees and contractors require access to the interiors of customers' homes and businesses to access equipment such as indoor electric meters. All employees are being educated on the signs and symptoms of the coronavirus, and any employee who may have symptoms will be evaluated by a medical professional and self-quarantined as a precaution for their health and the health of others.  

It may be necessary for employees to wear PPE, such as facemasks and gloves while working in a location, as a precaution to protect employees and customers.  

We will always contact you in advance of work being performed at your property, except in the case of an emergency requiring immediate access where you will be contacted on-site.  When contacted, please share any health concerns with our representative so we can ensure you get the service and care you need.

Will the pandemic affect my energy service in any way?

We are committed to performing our critical role, delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy for our customers and communities. We have robust plans to provide continued energy service for our customers and do not foresee any issues meeting our customers' energy needs. 

Are you providing all the same services to customers?

At this time, Pepco will continue to respond to requests to start, stop or more service, which in many cases, can be done remotely, without accessing customer homes or businesses. In cases where accessing a building is necessary, our employees and contractors are being advised to take appropriate action, such as wearing appropriate PPE to perform their jobs safely. 

Our billing centers have been closed for customer safety, however, customers may continue to conduct regular business with Pepco 24/7  using  pepco.com or the  Pepco Mobile App. From the  Pepco mobile app, customers can  view  and pay  their bill, report  electric  outages, and register for alerts.

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With our website, it's easy to:


As always, our Customer Care team is available by phone from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, to help customers with business requests that cannot be completed online.  

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  • For electric outages and emergencies, call:1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662)
  • For customer service, call: 202-833-7500
  • Hearing and speech impaired customers, call:
  • District of Columbia TTY 1-800-643-3768
  • Maryland State TTY 1-800-735-2258 
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What should customers do if they are challenged to pay their bill?

Pepco is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges at least until July 1. 

We will be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options. Customers who may be challenged in paying their Pepco bill should contact Pepco Customer Care at 202-833-7500.


We will work with residents on an individual basis who have had their service disconnected, to reconnect service, and help ensure access to safe and healthy environments. 

Phone Icon.jpgCustomers can begin this process by calling 202-833-7500.

Pepco will work with customers who may have difficulty paying their energy bill. 

AVAILABLE PAYMENT OPTIONS

  • Budget Billing
    • Averages payments over a 12-month period to help customers manage their monthly energy bill. 
  • Bill Payment Assistance 
    • These programs provide resources to help customers meet their energy needs. or 
  • Flexible payment arrangements 
    • Offer individually tailored payment installment plans.
  • Pepco's Gift of Energy program 
    • Anyone can make a payment toward a friend or family member's energy bill. The gift will appear on a future bill as a credit to the recipient's account.
  • LIHEAP
    • Pepco works closely with its community partners to connect customers with grants and programs like LIHEAP, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP provides grants in varying amounts based on a household's income size, type of fuel, and type of dwelling, with no pay back required. District residents can apply for assistance online though the Department of Energy and the Environment website or by calling 3-1-1. Maryland customers can apply for LIHEAP energy assistance through the Department of Human Services website, by visiting a Local Energy Assistance Office, or by calling the Maryland Department of Human Services Office of Home Energy Programs at 1-800-332-6347.

Other programs supporting District customers include:

  • The Utility Discount Program (UDP) assists low-income District residents reduce their utility costs. Eligible customers may receive a discount of up to $475 per year on their electric bill ($300 per year if non-electric heat).  District residents can visit the Department of Energy and the Environment website at doee.dc.gov to apply online or calling 3-1-1 to schedule an in-person appointment.
  • The Greater Washington Urban League provides up to $500 in assistance to eligible customers facing disconnection. Customers can call 202-265-8200 or visit www.gwul.org
Other programs supporting Maryland customers include:
  • The Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) helps eligible customers pay for a portion of their current electric bill. The Arrearage Retirement Assistance (ARA) program helps customers with large, past due electric and gas bills. If eligible, customers may receive forgiveness of up to $2,000 towards their past due bill. The Utility Service Protection Program (USPP) is designed to help low-income families during the heating season. Information regarding these programs can be found on the Maryland Department of Human Services Office of Home Energy Programs website or by calling 1-800-332-6347.
  • Prince George's County residents may qualify for energy assistance from Mary's Center by calling 202-847-4247 or go directly to maryscenter.org.
  • Income eligible Montgomery County residents can receive energy assistance from Interfaith Works by calling 301-762-8682.

How is Pepco supporting the community during this time?

We are not only dedicated to providing safe and reliable power during this crisis, but also to providing continued support for our local relief organizations that play such critical roles in our communities, especially in their efforts to help the most vulnerable. 

As part of Exelon’s $5M contribution, Pepco has committed $825,000 to relief organizations across our service area. The donations support programs that organizations, like the United Way, are offering including the delivery of food assistance and financial resources.

Our eight employee resource groups collectively raised an additional $85,000 in employee donations and executive match support in an internal fundraising campaign – PHI Cares – COVID-19 Relief Challenge.

Our community-minded employees are still finding opportunities to serve by participating in virtual volunteer opportunities and completing service projects at home.

Our parent company will also provide more than 1,500 meals to local nonprofit hospital systems using neighborhood restaurants, so we can continue supporting frontline workers and the local economy.

As social distancing measures have made space even more valuable, we are launching Sustainable Communities – an initiative that targets open space planning, preservation, and resiliency. We are also partnering with DC Public Library to offer innovative programming to provide education and activities this summer, including “Know Your Power.”

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