Atlantic City Electric will inspect more than 28,000 wooden utility poles throughout the year as part of the company’s commitment to deliver safe and reliable energy for customers. The company announced on April 11, 2018 that the Wood Pole Inspection Program is part of the preventive maintenance work it undertakes annually to proactively review its system and address potential problems before they occur.
Over the last five years, Atlantic City Electric has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in southern New Jersey to modernize the local electric distribution system and enhance reliability for customers.
“Inspecting wood utility poles is one example of the proactive work we perform each year that helps us deliver safe and reliable service to our customers,” said Susan Coan, Atlantic City Electric region vice president. “Routine inspections and other preventative maintenance work are essential to effectively maintaining our electric system by addressing potentially vulnerable areas across our system.”
Inspections include examining poles and the attached electrical equipment, taking samples from the interior of poles and excavating around the base to check for decay. Following an inspection, Atlantic City Electric makes any necessary repairs and replacements so the pole can safely serve customers until its next inspection.
Atlantic City Electric maintains more than 284,000 poles across its service area and each pole is inspected every 10 years in accordance with the National Electric Safety Code. The 2018 wood pole inspections will occur in parts of Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.
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