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Atlantic City Electric Recognized as One of The Nation’s Most Reliable Energy Companies

Atlantic City Electric recently announced that it has received PA Consulting’s 2018 ReliabilityOne™ Outstanding Midsize Utility Award, for providing exceptional reliability last year that resulted in customers experiencing the lowest average number of electric outages in the company’s history, as well as the fastest restoration times ever.

Pictured left to right are Greg Brubaker, manager, Engineering and Design, Atlantic City Electric; Paul Lipari, manager, Reliability Programs, Pepco Holdings; and Bryan Clark, director, Utility of the Future, Pepco Holdings, which includes Atlantic City Electric. Atlantic City Electric received PA Consulting’s 2018 ReliabilityOne™ Outstanding Midsize Utility Award for its exceptional reliability performance in 2017. Atlantic City Electric representatives accepted the award Nov. 28 at PA Consulting’s 18th Annual ReliabilityOne™ Awards Ceremony. (Photo provided)

“We are extremely honored to be recognized for our efforts in providing customers with the highest level of reliability in our industry,” said Dave Velazquez, president and CEO of Pepco Holdings, which includes Atlantic City Electric. “This award exemplifies our commitment to provide the highest quality of service for our communities and is a testament to the hard work our employees perform each day to meet the energy needs of our customers.”

Atlantic City Electric customers continue to benefit from the major enhancements the company is making to the local energy grid. In 2017, the average number of outages decreased by 17 percent from the previous low, set in 2015. When customers did experience an outage, Atlantic City Electric restored power an average of seven minutes faster than the previous record set in 2015. During the past five years, the number of electric outages has decreased by more than 40 percent and outage length has been reduced by 18 percent.

Atlantic City Electric has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in southern New Jersey during the past five years to further improve service reliability for customers, including about $312 million in 2017 alone. This work includes enhancing the local energy grid with new devices, stronger poles, and more modern equipment, while trimming trees, which can cause up to 40 percent of power outages for customers each year. The company also is using innovative technologies to improve system reliability, such as specialized equipment that can automatically restore service more quicklyor isolate damage.

All midsized energy companies operating energy delivery grids in North America and serving between 300,000 and 750,000 customers, are eligible for consideration for the Outstanding Midsize Utility Award. Recipients are based primarily on system reliability statistics that measure the frequency and duration of customer outages. After initial recipients are identified, each company undergoes an on-site certification process, which provides an independent review and confirmation of the policies, processes and systems used to collect, analyze and report a company’s reliability results. For more information about PA Consulting and the ReliabilityOne™ Award, click here

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Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to approximately 550,000 customers in southern New Jersey.

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Pepco Holdings’ Wendy Stark Takes on Expanded Role as New SVP for Legal and Regulatory Strategy

Pepco Holdings recently announced that Wendy Stark will be the senior vice president for Legal and Regulatory Strategy & General Counsel. She replaces Paul Bonney, who will retire in December after a 28-year career with Pepco Holdings and the Exelon family of companies.

Stark is currently vice president and General Counsel, overseeing legal strategy and supervising the attorney staff for Pepco Holdings, which includes Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power, and Pepco.

In her new role, she will add to her responsibilities oversight of the engagement with state and District of Columbia regulatory agencies and the filings that support new and transformational energy initiatives, regulatory rate reviews, and other efforts that support the advancement of energy service for customers.

“Wendy has been an integral part of our leadership team for several years now and in her new role she will continue to be an important leader as we continue our efforts to advance new, clean energy initiatives across our service areas,” said Dave Velazquez, president and CEO, Pepco Holdings.

Before joining Pepco Holdings in 2012, Stark was associate general counsel at FirstEnergy Service Company, where she was responsible for the state regulatory section within the legal department representing the ten regulated utilities and the competitive affiliate before state regulatory commissions in multiple jurisdictions.

Prior to joining FirstEnergy, she was an associate at Baker & Hostetler LLP and at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, both in Cleveland, Ohio. At both firms, her practice focused on labor and employment law.

Stark is active in the community through volunteerism, contributing her time and management skills to several non-profits that support a variety of charitable causes. She serves on the Board of Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, a nonprofit organization focused on serving and advocating for homeless children in the District of Columbia. Stark also serves on the board of Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital and the Legal Advisory Board of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

She will assume her new position effective December 1, 2018

The Pepco Holdings utilities Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco, owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provide safe and reliable energy to nearly 1.9 million electric delivery customers in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Delaware and New Jersey and approximately 130,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.

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Atlantic City Electric Joins S.J. Community Partners to Implement Key Education & Jobs Program

Dave Velazquez, president and CEO of Pepco Holdings, (center) which includes Atlantic City Electric, addresses attendees of the Atlantic City Electric Workforce Development Program Celebration held on October 12, 2018 at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology in Mays Landing, N.J. Atlantic City Electric is funding the six-year $6.5-million initiative to educate the workforce needed to fill future energy jobs across New Jersey.

Atlantic City Electric announced on October 12, 2018 the joining of four South Jersey workforce development boards and three vocational schools to officially launch a six-year $6.5-million program to educate the workforce needed to fill future energy jobs across New Jersey.

The launch of this innovative program comes just months after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law important legislation to create jobs and drive a cleaner energy future for New Jersey.

“Delivering a cleaner energy future for our customers tomorrow requires investing in the next generation of energy professionals now,” said Dave Velazquez, president and CEO of Pepco Holdings, which includes Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco. “Through this essential program, we will educate the workforce that will help keep our energy grid running, advance solar, wind and other clean energy technologies, and drive innovation in our industry.”

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Philip Guenther, superintendent, Atlantic County Institute of Technology, (left) congratulates Dave Velazquez, president and CEO of Pepco Holdings, (right) which includes Atlantic City Electric, at a celebration held today to announce Atlantic City Electric’s partnership with three South Jersey vocational schools and four workforce development boards, that will facilitate a comprehensive workforce development program aimed at educating the clean energy workforce of tomorrow.  (All photos provided)

Atlantic City Electric’s workforce development program is being implemented through a partnership with Atlantic County Institute of Technology, Cape May Vocational School, Cumberland County TEC, and each of the four workforce development boards across the Atlantic City Electric service area. The initiative, which will kick-off in early 2019, includes four programs:

  • Get into Energy Math and Boot Camp provides education on applied math skills specific to the energy industry and teaches concepts that are critical to success for energy industry job opportunities. The workshop provides individuals with the necessary math concepts required to successfully complete employment testing for jobs in the energy industry.
  • Women in Sustainable Employment (WISE) Pathway is designed for women to explore non-traditional, in-demand jobs in the construction, gas, water, electric, and energy industries. The program is a 40-hour curriculum that provides women the opportunity to learn about career paths in these related fields.
  • Atlantic City Electric Line School is a four-week program offering hands-on instruction to students seeking a career in the energy industry as a line worker. The course covers the fundamentals of line work and provides class participants with training in the areas of bucket truck and equipment operations.
  • High School Energy Career Academy is a four-year program focused on preparing students in grades nine through 12, for entering post-secondary education or moving directly to employment with an energy company. The extensive program model not only helps students build their knowledge of the energy industry, it also includes employability skills and integrated academic components as well.

Atlantic County Institute of Technology student Joksan Luna-Flores performs an interactive demonstration in the school’s electrical classroom as part of the Atlantic City Electric Workforce Development Program Celebration to announce a six-year $6.5-million program to educate future energy workforce and drive New Jersey’s clean energy economy.

To learn more about these programs, click here.

Atlantic City Electric works every day to drive innovation, provide a premier customer experience, and meet the evolving energy needs of its 550,000 customers across southern New Jersey. This work includes helping more than 26,000 customers connect their solar to the local energy grid; proposing a suite of electric vehicle programs to help customers transition to this clean and efficient transportation source; supporting several local municipalities and customers with the development of potential microgrid projects; and working to identify how battery storage and other technologies can help advance the future energy experience for customers.

In addition to this new jobs and education program, Atlantic City Electric has provided more than $100,000 during the past two years to Boys and Girls Clubs in South Jersey through the Atlantic City Electric STEM Club to help prepare hundreds of local youth for career opportunities in the fields of STEM. Exelon, Atlantic City Electric’s parent company, also remains committed to supporting investment in STEM education through contributions of more than $10 million last year to education programs and initiatives.

To learn more, visit The Source, Atlantic City Electric’s online newsroom.

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