Prompted by complaints from residents of an Annapolis neighborhood, BGE has decided to reschedule a power shut-off originally set for Dec. 28.
The utility had planned to cut off power to 26 homes in Admiral Heights for up to six hours beginning at 8: 30 a.m. that day so that Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. crews could replace an aging transformer in a nearby substation.
Some residents complained that BGE had scheduled the shut-off too close to the holidays, when many people are home from work or have guests.
BGE customer service representatives will call all of the homes to tell the residents that the power will not be off Dec. 28, said BGE spokeswoman Nancy H. Caplan. The customers will receive letters telling them the new date.
"We're delighted," said Irving Mager, a resident of Nimitz Drive who will have five relatives at his house on Dec. 28. "We don't have to change our plans. Common sense finally prevailed."
Part of maintenance
The replacement of the transformers is part of a stepped-up maintenance program by BGE over the past three years that is designed to prevent emergency power outages, said Caplan.
In addition to installing more modern equipment, workers have also been trimming trees more frequently, work that usually requires the electricity to be cut off at specified times.
More shut-offs planned
With more shut-offs planned, such as the one in Admiral Heights, BGE customers have experienced fewer outages, such as those caused by limbs falling on power lines, Caplan said.
This is not the first time BGE has rescheduled a power shut-off or worked around the needs of customers, she said. One shut-off was rescheduled so it wouldn't inconvenience a customer planning a party for 40 people, and BGE frequently works around the needs of stores to avoid disruptions at busy times.
Customers affected by power shut-offs should call BGE customer service at the number listed on the notification letters if they have problems, Caplan said.
Pub Date: 12/18/98