Project includes new electric delivery equipment and neighborhood makeover
BALTIMORE, March 30, 2011 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that new electric delivery equipment located on the southeast and southwest corners of Orchard and Paca Streets has been placed in service, serving approximately 7,000 business and residential customers in west Baltimore. The new equipment replaces older infrastructure that could not accommodate anticipated growth in the area. BGE worked closely with the community, including the Seton Hill Association and the City of Baltimore, to ensure these facilities addressed an anticipated increase in electric demand while complementing existing structures in the community. Beyond its commitment to improve reliability, BGE solicited community input for aesthetic details such as paint and brick colors. BGE also funded new sidewalks, handicap crosswalk ramps, enhanced lighting and new trees throughout St. Mary’s community park.
“Meeting the growing energy needs of an urban area is always a challenge, particularly where there is a limited availability of property suitable for electric infrastructure expansion,” said Carol A. Dodson, senior vice president of asset management services for BGE. “In this instance, we faced the additional challenge of addressing concerns regarding how new or expanded structures would blend in with the existing historical architecture. BGE’s engineering and design team worked side-by-side with community representatives and city officials to address these challenges, including making significant enhancements to the landscape and streetscape, as well as the lighting surrounding the new facilities. This project is truly a win-win for BGE and our customers.”
The Paca Street facility will support an anticipated increase in electric demand associated with the Westside Renaissance Revitalization project as well as reduce electric demand on three nearby substations located at Greene, Center and Monument streets. The Orchard Street property serves as a major transmission hub in downtown Baltimore, supporting electric delivery to many large and critical customers including state and federal office buildings and hospitals.
The process of bringing this equipment online is gradual. The Paca and Orchard Street properties began operations in July 2010 and will be fully operational by the end of April 2011.
BGE, www.bge.com, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 640,000 natural gas customers in Central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,000 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Constellation Energy, www.constellation.com, a FORTUNE 500 company also headquartered in Baltimore, with subsidiaries that generate, sell and provide other energy-related services to customers throughout North America.