Baltimore, July 19, 2012 — Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is preparing for the potential of severe thunderstorm activity, forecasted to affect its central Maryland service area. The forecast weather system may bring heavy rain and strong wind and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.
In addition, BGE continues closely monitoring its electric grid to maintain the reliable delivery of electric service while minimizing impacts on its customers, as this week brings consecutive days of extreme heat.
As the region continues to experience high temperatures, exceeding 100 degrees, BGE is also preparing for potential weather-related outages from the severe thunderstorms and high wind forecasted for this afternoon.
BGE PeakRewards customers receive annual bill credits of up to $200 in the first year of enrollment and up to $100 every year thereafter. Bill credits to participating customers will exceed $20 million this year alone. Throughout the past few months, BGE has provided reminder communications to PeakRewards program participants focused on their respective voluntary participation levels, as well as reminders of what to expect during both emergency and non-emergency events.
In addition, customers can receive individual email notifications of a PeakRewards event. In 2011, the program helped reduce peak demand by more than 500 MW equivalent to a medium-sized power plant and as a result, last summer helped BGE avoid potential brownouts and blackouts, which could have affected all of its 1.2 million electric customers in central Maryland.
While the company expects energy use to continue to increase over the next several days, BGE does not expect to set a new all-time high for summer energy use. The current all-time record for summer energy use in BGE s central Maryland service area is 7,236 MW, set on July 21, 2011. Peak use for a typical summer day is 5,500 MW.