ComEd Sends Underground Specialists to Assist Outage Restoration in New York
Team has unique experience in repairing urban underground vaults
CHICAGO, Nov. 1, 2012
CHICAGO, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ComEd yesterday deployed a team of48 of
its top underground specialists to New York to assist specifically with the
repair of underground vaults that power the city's skyscrapers.
"ComEd has a unique in-house skill set for repairing these underground
electrical systems which are typically only found in densely built urban
environments, like Chicago or New York," said Terence Donnelly, executive vice
president and chief operating officer, ComEd. "Consolidated Edison in New York
requested our help in restoring power to their customers. We were glad to be
able to send this expert team to assist."
New York City's vaults were flooded as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The salt
water that poured into the vaults can cause extensive damage and presents
unique challenges for power restoration.
"We are very fortunate to have experienced and dedicated employees who day in
and day out manage the complex electrical grid that powers Chicago," said
Donnelly. "Our employees are eager to use that experience to help the
customers in New York."
This new deployment comes in addition to the more than900 ComEd and
contractor personnel that the utility sent to support the power restoration
efforts in Philadelphia and Baltimore, which were both in the direct path of
"With more than 7 million people facing power outages on the East Coast, we
think it's important to provide as much assistance as we can," said Donnelly.
"The specialists that we are sending to New York City will be able to use
their expertise to ensure that the businesses and residents affected by
outages are restored as quickly and as safely as possible."
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon
Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider,
with approximately 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides service to
approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of
the state's population.
Contact: ComEd Media Relations, 312-394-3500
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