|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2003
|For More Information, Please Contact:
Chrys Wilson, Manager
Office of External Relations
Summer Reliability - Status Conference Update
Baltimore, MD - At its Annual Summer Reliability Status Conference on May 15, the Maryland Public Service Commission ("Commission") was assured adequate electric supply is available for all parts of Maryland. The Commission held the Conference to address issues pertaining to the transmission and distribution systems of its jurisdictional electric companies, and generation supply. The Commission invited all utilities and the PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. ("PJM") to address the following issues:
- The status of available generation resources and adequacy of electric supply to meet summer peak loads;
- The status of the Companies' transmission and distribution systems;
- Summer storm readiness measures;
- Load Management and Reduction Programs; and
- Any special Company projects that will be launched during the second and third quarters of this year
The Commission was advised that each company had a summer plan to meet peak load and assure reliable service. The utilities informed the Commission that:
- Through annual and long term planning, preparation and preventive methods, companies do not foresee a problem under normal summer weather conditions.
- Utilities do not anticipate customer load loss due to system capacity deficiencies this summer.
- Appropriate staffing levels in service restoration personnel have been maintained to cover storm emergencies.
Moreover, the Commission is attempting to establish a protocol with the Governor's Office, PJM and the Maryland utilities for notification of Summer Electricity Conservation Appeals.
Chairman Catherine I. Riley states: "The Commission will continue to monitor this process in an on-going fashion, but we are pleased that each utility has responded positively. Since the events of Hurricane Floyd in 1999, reliability statistics have improved. In the Delmarva Peninsula particularly, significant new investment in transmission upgrades has reduced the opportunity for summer outages. Each utility is to be congratulated for its efforts to provide its customers' improvements to service."