Tuesday, July 10, 2012

We Commend PEPCO For Excellent Performance After Storms

The Center is located in the heart of Washington, DC and we would like to thank the local utility, PEPCO, for its excellent electricity delivery service.  We also think the utility does an incredible job of getting the power back on after very violent storms.  Our area recently experienced a derecho, which is a widespread, long-lived, straight line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms.  PEPCO, and other American utilities, get the power back up for everyone in no more than a week, when such events appear that they could easily cause enough damage to keep the power off for a month.

American utilties provide the best electricity delivery service in the world.  Americans have become so accustomed to having electricity at their beck and call that we panic when it is not available to us.  We adjust for a day or two, but become apoplectic if it goes on for 3-5 days.  Yet we are amazed that the utility company can get the power back up in a week after various sections of the distribution system are downed by massive trees.  The utility also must be careful, when repowering the system, that no trees are laying on lines because that can cause fires.

So we agree with the PEPCO ombudsman who stated:
“This was a regional event, a severe weather event. We are gonna have to let the process play out. I am comfortable that we will be able to demonstrate that our performance, considering the event, that we performed well considering the severity of the event.”

Congratulations PEPCO.  Keep up the good work

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