BALTIMORE, Dec.13, 2008 - Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), a subsidiary of Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG), today announced that approximately 70 linemen and support personnel will be leaving Maryland for New Hampshire to assist Northeast Utilities with electric service restoration following snow and ice storms this week which interrupted service to more than 320,000 Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) customers. Service to more than one million customers has been interrupted in several states throughout the Northeastern United States. BGE personnel will be working primarily in the Manchester area of New Hampshire and are expected to remain there for at least one week. They are scheduled to depart this morning at approximately 6:00 a.m. from the Maryland House on I-95 in Aberdeen, Maryland.
"BGE stands ready to assist other utilities in need following major weather events," said Stephen J. Woerner, senior vice president of gas and electric operations and planning for BGE. "We recognize the unique challenges associated with snow and ice storms and are pleased to be able to assist with the restoration effort. We will maintain adequate field resources locally to support any restoration efforts in our Central Maryland service area." This is BGE's third major mutual assistance deployment this fall. In September crews were sent to the Texas Gulf Coast and Cleveland, Ohio following Hurricane Ike. In addition to BGE personnel, approximately 70 BGE contractors are also going to New Hampshire to assist in the restoration effort. Their departures are scattered and from multiple locations.
BGE is part of a mutual assistance network of utilities and stands ready to respond following severe storms or other emergencies that lead to widespread service interruptions outside of its Central Maryland service territory. All costs associated with responding to a mutual assistance requests are the responsibility of the requesting utility.
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 wholly-owned subsidiary of Constellation Energy, www.constellation.com, a FORTUNE 125 company also headquartered in Baltimore with subsidiaries that generate, sell and deliver energy and provide other energy-related services to customers throughout North America.
Robert L. Gould