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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published January 26, 2011

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Continues Monitoring the Weather in Anticipation of Additional Power Outages Associated with Heavy Wet Snow Today and Thursday



Utility advises that hazardous road conditions could delay crew arrival times and restoration efforts

BALTIMORE, Jan. 26, 2011 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), today announced it continues responding to scattered power outages associated with this morning’s snowstorm. The utility is also preparing for additional interruptions in electric service as additional heavier wet snow is forecasted for later today and into Thursday. Snow covered trees and tree limbs could fall onto power lines and cause outages.

“In anticipation of worsening weather conditions and related power outages, BGE proactively increased the number of field personnel last night, ensuring we could begin restoring service as soon as it was safe to do so,” said A. Christopher Burton, senior vice president of gas and electric operations and planning for BGE. “In addition to the field forces already in place, many other BGE employees are transitioning from their normal work roles into their storm assignments in preparation for new outages later today and tomorrow. BGE reminds customers that hazardous road conditions will likely delay arrival times for restoration crews which could extend the duration of power outages. We thank our customers in advance for their patience and understanding.”

Just as BGE prepares for severe weather and the possibility of power outages, customers should also be prepared and take steps to ensure the safety of their families and property during electric service interruptions. Customers should keep the following items readily available:

Flashlights – not candles
Fresh batteries
Battery operated clock radio
Corded telephone
Fully charged cell phone
Non-perishable foods
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Customers also should consider filling the fuel tanks of their vehicles in the event a power outage affects service to neighborhood gas stations. For customers who rely on well water, filling a bathtub with water in advance of severe weather is strongly encouraged. Customers using a generator or space heater should follow manufacturer instructions and be sure to locate generators in well-ventilated areas.

Additionally, customers with special needs such as those who may be elderly, handicapped or dependent on electricity for medical equipment, should have alternate arrangements in place should they experience an extended power outage. BGE's restoration priorities are public safety issues and critical facilities, such as 911 centers, hospitals and pumping stations. Then restoration is generally scheduled so that the greatest number of customers can be restored as quickly and as safely as possible. However, in cases of extended power outages, consideration is also given to customers who have been without service for the longest.

Customers are always reminded to stay away from downed power lines and to report them immediately by calling 1-877-778-2222. For more information about BGE storm preparation and how customers can protect their families and property, go to www.bge.com.

In addition to monitoring current and approaching weather conditions which could result in service interruptions, BGE regularly conducts emergency training drills during which all aspects of storm related service restoration are tested. BGE also reviews its Electric Delivery Emergency Response Plan to ensure that storm response procedures are up-to-date and in line with industry standards.

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.