Oncor nears full power restoration in Dallas area

Dallas, February 15, 2010 — Oncor restored power to 25,000 more customers February 14. Power outages in the Dallas/Fort Worth area fell to 15,000, down from 40,000.

With the severe winds expected to subside February 15, Oncor expects the remaining outages to be completed by that day.

“As we close in on restoring electric service to all customers today, following this historic storm, we greatly appreciate everyone’s patience during the restoration process and we recognize that many have experienced hardship,” said Jim Greer, Oncor Senior Vice President. “The remaining outages are the most difficult and time consuming of all the work done so far and these repairs can take several hours to restore power to smaller groups of customers and individual customers.”

On February 12, more than 200,000 homes and businesses were without power. According to preliminary assessments, the Feb.11-12 winter storm will be the worst winter storm in Oncor’s history and the fourth worst storm overall with more than 500,000 customers affected.

“Customers affected” is the number of times Oncor has restored power throughout the storm. Over the past five days, trees contacting power lines have been the major cause for the multiple outages, with some outages occurring multiple times at a single location.

Tree limbs, trimmed away by Oncor to make necessary restoration repairs, will be picked up during the next few weeks. If the storm caused a tree to fall onto an Oncor line, Oncor will clear any limbs or portions of the tree it cuts to allow access and repair of equipment. Homeowners will be responsible for handling what’s left of the tree.

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC is a regulated electricity distribution and transmission business that uses asset management skills to provide reliable electricity delivery to consumers.

Oncor operates the largest distribution and transmission system in Texas, delivering power to more than 3 million homes and businesses and operating about 117,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines in Texas.

 

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