The electric company, on behalf of PJM Interconnection, issued a press release requesting customers conserve energy Tuesday afternoon. PJM is the grid operator for 51 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia.
The request was made following the weather-related loss of some energy as the result of continuing efforts to stay warm in the extreme cold that has gripped New Jersey and much of the rest of the country. Atlantic City Electric expects the demand for energy to continue for several days as the cold weather continues. PJM is implementing emergency procedures to ensure customers have energy, according to Atlantic City Electric officials.
The electric company is requesting customers conserve energy specifically between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, if health permits, by taking the following steps:
Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits;
* Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using; and
* Gather in a central room where you have alternative heat. At night, cover windows with drapes or blankets to minimize heat loss. During the day, open blinds to let sun warm the space.
Atlantic City Electric will continue to carefully monitor
power supply conditions.
Atlantic City Electric customers are asked to call in any outages and stay away from any downed wires. To report outages or downed wires, call 1-800-833-7476. Follow the prompts and ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through www.atlanticcityelectric.com or through the mobile app.