BGE restores service to 54,000 customers after heavy rain, winds in Maryland

Baltimore, October 1, 2010 — Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., restored electric service to more than 54,000 customers since heavy rain began falling in Central Maryland Wednesday evening.

The saturated grounds combined with Thursday’s high wind caused trees and tree limbs to fall onto electric equipment, resulting in electric service interruptions.

The vast majority of customers who remain without power should be restored by late today, however, there will likely be scattered outages that extend into Saturday.

BGE continues to work around-the-clock to restore electric service to our customers as safely and as quickly possible,” said A. Christopher Burton, senior vice president of gas and electric operations and planning for BGE. “More than 700 field and support staff have been working 12 and 16 hour shifts to ensure we meet our restoration target of late this evening. We thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we work to get everyone back in service.”

Just as BGE proactively prepares for storms, customers are strongly encouraged to also be ready for power outages. The best way for customers to prepare is by creating a storm kit to have on hand should they experience a power outage.

Once service restoration begins, BGE’s priorities are public safety issues and critical facilities, such as pumping stations, 911 centers and hospitals. Then restoration is generally scheduled so that the greatest number of customers can be restored as quickly and as safely as possible. However, in cases of extended power outages, consideration is also given to customers who have been without service for the longest.

BGE headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 640,000 natural gas customers in Central Maryland.

The company’s around 3,000 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance.

BGE is a unit of Constellation Energy, a company also headquartered in Baltimore, with subsidiaries that generate, sell and provide other energy-related services to customers throughout North America.

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