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ATLANTIC CITY ELECTRIC Atlantic City Electric's Targeted Grid Modernization Improvements Further Enhancing Service Reliability and System Resiliency

  • Oct 12, 2021
  • Electric Energy

Each year, Atlantic City Electric identifies a set of electric distribution circuits to prioritize for upgrade to enhance service for thousands of its residential and business customers. These circuits, which the company calls priority feeders, receive targeted upgrades that are intended to help fortify the local energy grid against ever increasing severe weather and powerful storms and improve service reliability for customers.

Through data-driven analysis, company engineers identify and prioritize energy distribution circuits within the Atlantic City Electric service area that have experienced elevated levels of interruption during the past three years and are not performing at the level Atlantic City Electric expects. Over the past three years, crews have upgraded nearly 80 distribution circuits within approximately 50 different municipalities in each of the eight counties the company serves, including Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem counties.

To further modernize the local energy grid, Atlantic City Electric is installing new advanced electric equipment including switches, reclosers, fuses, animal guards, and several miles of new aerial wire, as part of this initiative to help minimize the number of affected customers if an outage does occur. Crews are also installing innovative technologies to improve system reliability, such as specialized equipment that can automatically restore service or isolate damage, leading to faster restoration.

Additional reliability enhancement work Atlantic City Electric performs year-round includes trimming trees, installing steel utility poles, placing animal protection devices on equipment, building new substations, and installing new equipment at existing substations, building new underground equipment, and installing stronger, tree-resistant aerial cable.

These energy grid enhancements are part of Atlantic City Electric's broader strategic effort to modernize and strengthen the local energy grid, making it smarter, stronger and cleaner for customers. These upgrades continue to improve reliability for customers by reducing the frequency and duration of outages. Atlantic City Electric customers experienced the lowest frequency of electric outages ever in 2020. Over the past ten years, energy system upgrades and new innovative technologies have reduced the frequency of electric outages by 53 percent for Atlantic City Electric customers and communities.

To learn more about Atlantic City Electric's ongoing reliability projects, visit atlanticcityelectric.com/Reliability.

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Atlantic City Electric is a unit of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation's leading energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. Atlantic City Electric provides safe and reliable energy service to approximately 560,000 customers in southern New Jersey.