Delmarva Power: We’re ready for the heatwave


Delmarva Power announced its crews have completed essential work and will follow special protocols for managing the grid during extreme heat, humidity and possible storms.

So far, the utility has not declared an energy savings day that temporarily shuts off air-conditioning systems for customers who sign up for the service. Temperatures typically only rise a few degrees.

The region has seen no shortage of electric power. In Delaware, a number of large industrial users of electricity have closed their doors during the past decade.

“Our staff and crews are at the ready, preparing daily for potential system impacts and using best practices to increase reliability across our energy system,” said Tyler Anthony, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Pepco Holdings, which includes Delmarva Power. “As temperatures climb, energy use typically climbs too. Just as we do our part, we ask customers to do their part to conserve energy and follow practical energy savings tips to help us ensure the clean, safe, reliable energy service that our customers expect.”

Delmarva Power stated that its preparations include:

  • Closely monitoring this extreme weather pattern and sharing best practices with emergency management partners in the area as well as sister companies across the Exelon company.
  • Increased staffing in operations centers and placed additional crews on call to respond to any outages or issues that may occur on the grid.
  • Increased use of capacitors on the distribution system – pieces of equipment that help the local energy grid operate more efficiently and reliably.
  • During extreme weather that reaches 95 degrees or higher, Delmarva Power suspends work on non-emergency projects that would place portions of the local energy grid out of service and potentially impact the company’s ability to respond to an outage.
  • Each day, work is performed as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to enhance reliability. Work includes inspecting and upgrading equipment; trimming trees, which cause about 30 percent of power outages for customers each year; and undertaking dozens of t projects to modernize infrastructure.

Tips for business and residential customers.

  • Set thermostats at a comfortable 78 degrees during hot summer days.
  • Turn off or unplug all unnecessary lighting, devices, and appliances.
  • When the AC is on, keep all outside doors and windows closed. Closing shades, blinds and curtains can also help keep unwanted heat from entering your home.
  • Run appliances that produce heat (like clothes dryers, ovens, and dishwashers) at night when it is cooler.
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