Maryland regulators grant waiver to BGE for work on 115-kV line

Maryland state regulators have granted Baltimore Gas and Electric’s (BGE) request for a waiver involving work on the company’s existing 115-kV overhead transmission line in Anne Arundel County, Md.

BGE asked the state Public Service Commission (PSC) on March 13 to determine that a waiver of the requirement to obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) is not required for maintenance and repair work on the line.

In the alternative, the company asked that the PSC waive the requirement to obtain a CPCN.

In December 2012, a circuit in the county experienced long-duration faults that resulted in damage to several insulators, spans of conductor and spans of static wire.

Among other things, BGE also said that it will not replace any overhead transmission tower or pole structures as part of the project and the circuit, currently energized at 115 kV, will remain energized at the same voltage after project completion, which is expected to occur before June 1.

The PSC in a letter order said that, after reviewing BGE’s request for the project, which entails reconductoring part of the existing line, and after considering the matter at an April 3 administrative meeting, it has waived the requirement to obtain a CPCN for the project.

The company made a similar request on March 29 involving an existing 230-kV overhead transmission line in Prince George’s County, Md.

BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon (NYSE:EXC).

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