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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published July 26, 2013

BGE Invests More Than $15 Million in Customer Reliability Through Pole Inspection and Treatment Program in 2013



BGE Invests More Than $15 Million in Customer Reliability Through Pole Inspection and

 

Treatment Program in 2013

 

Company treated and/or replaced more than 30,000 wooden utility poles throughout its service area through the

 

program in 2012

 

BALTIMORE  (July 26, 2013) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)today announced plans to invest more than $15 million in the inspection, treatment and replacement of wooden utility poles in 2013 through its Pole Inspection and Treatment Program. The company plans on inspecting more than 36,000 poles in 2013, and expects to replace nearly 1,800 poles as part of this program alone.Throughout the year, BGE also maintains or replaces poles through various infrastructure projects or initiatives.

 

“BGE’s Pole Inspection and Treatment Program promotes electric reliability and safety for all of our customers by ensuring the proper maintenance practice is conducted for each pole,” said Stephen J. Woerner, senior vice president and chief operating officer for BGE.“The majority of the poles receive insect encroachment treatments that are Department of Agriculture-tested and approved and in a small amount of cases, the poles are repaired or replaced as needed.”

 

In 2012, BGE replaced more than 1,200 poles in areas of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County and Harford County through the program to help ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electric service to its customers. Now, the company will inspect, and if needed treat or replace, utility poles in parts of Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County. BGE inspects each and every wooden pole on its distribution system over a ten year interval. As always, BGE will notify customers of all inspections and treatments conducted on their property.

 

BGE reminds motorists and pedestrians to be cautious in and around utility roadway work zones and “Respect the Cone Zone” for their own safety and the safety of BGE employees and contractors.  For more information on how BGE works to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electric service, visit bge.com.