Regarding the March 12 editorial, "Power outages/Getting old":
I agree with the editorial that more must be done to prevent power outages, especially since extreme weather events are all too common these days.
Atlantic City Electric has been proactively making significant infrastructure investments for a few years, and since 2010 we have spent approximately $350 million in additional investments. Because of these investments we have seen improvements in the duration and frequency of power outages.
We will continue to make infrastructure investments of more than $800 million over the next five years to further improve service reliability for our customers. Our work will include upgrading existing infrastructure, building new substation and transmission lines and, where warranted, replacing wood utility poles with steel poles that feed the barrier islands to improve resiliency.
Tree limbs falling onto wires is a major cause of power outages. We tripled the cost allocation for our vegetation management plan to responsibly trim trees near power lines to help prevent outages from high winds blowing branches into wires.
Although we continuously improve our system, we can't prevent all outages. But we will work to harden our system and protect our equipment as much as possible from future storms. We will proactively make improvements where needed and continue to restore power as quickly and safely as possible so we can meet our customers' expectations for reliable electric service.
Atlantic City Electric