Pepco Power Outages, Customers Asked to Conserve Electricity
UPDATED at 3:07 p.m. the number of power outages is now just over 300 in Montgomery County.
UPDATED at 11:27 a.m. the number of power outages was up to 2,600 customers in Montgomery County.
UPDATED at 8:19 a.m. the number of power outages was down to 2,100 in Montgomery County.
Over 2,400 Pepco customers are without power on this cold morning in Montgomery County.
Pepco Spokesperson Marcus Beal said most of the outages are in the Flower Hill neighborhood of Gaithersburg. He said about 1,500 customers are without electricity in that neighborhood and crews are on site investigating. He said the outage was reported at 6:53 a.m. on Jan. 7.
The other outages are scattered, Beal said. He said some tree limbs were brought down on wires overnight because of winds. He also noted a vehicle hit and broke a pole causing another outage.
According to Pepco officials, the frigid temperatures are increasing the demand for electricity and that’s why the company has issued a news release urging customers to help conserve electricity. You can read the release below:
“Pepco, on behalf of PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator for more than 51 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia, is asking its customers to conserve electricity. PJM’s call for conservation was promoted by extremely high demand for electricity because of continuing frigid weather and the weather-related loss of some generation.
“Demand for electricity is expected to increase as the extremely cold weather lingers for the next several days. Pepco and PJM ask customers to conserve electricity, if health permits – especially from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Customers can take these simple electricity conservation steps:
· Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits
· Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.
· Gather in a central room where you have alternative heat. At night, cover windows with drapes or blankets to minimize heat loss. During the day, open blinds to let sun warm the space.
“Conserving electricity will help ensure adequate power supplies. Pepco will continue to carefully monitor power supply conditions.”