D.C. power outage update: Pepco, Dominion, BGE update power situation
Updated: July 8, 2012 - 12:34 pm
Power numbers updated at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Click the name of each company for a detailed breakdown by locality. *Outages denoted reports related to the June 29 derecho.
With thousands still without power after Friday’s storm, officials from power companies that serve the greater Washington area continue to update ABC 7 with the latest. Stay with us until your power comes back on.
Le-Ha Anderson, spokesperson for Dominion, said Tuesday morning that they have had crews from all over, including 200 from Canada, to assist with the around-the-clock power restoration effort.
There are crews from 15 different states, plus Canada, she said.
Anderson reiterated the timeline where 80-85 percent will have power restored by the end of Tuesday, 90-95 percent will have it restored by the end of Thursday and “virtually” everyone will have power restored by the end of Saturday. “We are on course to achieve those goals,” she said.
“We’ll be deeper into the neighborhoods today,” Anderson said.
As of Sunday at 12:30 p.m., there were no outages related to the June 29 derecho.
Pepco President Thomas Graham says he is “very encouraged” as crews continue to work to restore power “as quickly and safely as possible.”
As of 12:30 p.m. Sunday, all outages related to the storm had been restored, according to a company spokesperson.
“I understand a customer doesn’t want to be without service at any time,” he said. “All I can do and all my company can do is respond to what’s taking place. We didn’t bring down the trees, we didn’t bring down the wires, we just have to rebuild the system.”
With the extreme weather conditions, Graham admits he has been concerned about public safety but says they will continue to push as hard as they can to completely restore power.
“Friday at 11 p.m. is when we expect to have the vast majority of customers back in service,” Graham said.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, however, slammed Pepco's response Monday, saying, “It's not like we haven't been here before."
Despite the recent criticism, Graham says he focusing on restoration efforts in the Washington region.
Spokesman Clay Anderson said Monday that he attributes the delay in restoration efforts to the great need for service. He says Pepco crews are out tracking down outages among the thousands of miles of wires they service. Adding to the problem, he says, is downed trees and dysfunctional traffic lights, which make their workload heavier.
In regards to Pepco’s filing for a rate increase last year before the Maryland Public Service Commission, Graham says they’re currently waiting for a response.
BGE VP of Communications Rob Gould declined to give a firm date and time that most of the utility's customers would be back online, calling the storm "historic."
As of 1:30 p.m. Saturday, there were 2,051
customers reported without power, but the number was going down consistently.
"This is very unusual...we had the storm roll through and take us out like a hurricane, and we have weather coming in from the west and more storms out there coming at us," Gould said.
Gould said that BGE had already restored hundreds of thousands of customers over the past two days, but couldn't guarantee that some customers in the dark would have their power back by the weekend.
"There are still going to be significant numbers at the end of the week and into the weekend," he said.
BGE customers are reminded that the utility doesn't know if you lost power unless you call them and let them know.
Who to call
These are the key phone numbers you need if you want to get a hold of your utility company to report an outage.
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