HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today released the 2017 Summer Readiness Overview reports from the state’s electric distribution companies and the regional transmission organization, PJM Interconnection. The reports provide the companies’ preparations and plans for various conditions – such as severe storms and high temperatures – that may affect electric supply, price and service reliability for the summer months.
“For many people, summer is a time for vacations and recreation – but it’s also a season of storms and high demands for electricity, and it’s essential that our utilities are prepared to respond quickly and effectively,” said Chairman Gladys M. Brown. “The Summer Readiness Reports submitted to the PUC detail how the industry is preparing for seasonal issues and the steps they are taking to help ensure reliable service to Pennsylvania residents.”
The reports focus on the following: reliability enhancement programs; preventive maintenance programs; capacity planning; 2016/17 storm updates and lessons learned; 2017 summer readiness; and storm response. The reports also indicate that utilities have sufficient electric capacity for the expected summer energy demands, and note enhancements such as “smart grid” technologies and outage restoration strategies, which are intended to reduce interruptions and help restore service to the largest number of consumers in the least amount of time.
The reports are available via the links below:
PPL Electric Utilities
PECO Energy Company
West Penn Power Company
Pennsylvania Power Company (Penn Power)
Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed)
Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec)
Citizens' Electric Company
Wellsboro Electric Company
Pike County Light & Power
UGI Utilities Inc. (UGI Electric Division)
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