Exelon’s Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) on March 11 told the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia that the company will meet virtually with the Mount Vernon Substation Community Advisory Group (CAG) on March 18 to provide updates on the Capital Grid Project.
The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and can be accessed through Microsoft Teams (http://bit.ly/CapitalGridCAGMeetingMarch18), as well as by telephone (1-443-529-0267; Conference ID – 249 111 559#).
As noted on the company’s website, the project aims to modernize the Capital area energy grid so that it can withstand and recover from such events as severe storms or equipment failure.
The site noted that the project involves upgrading the Takoma, Harvard, and Champlain substations in the District and in Maryland; building a new substation to serve the District; and creating a networked system by installing about 10 miles of underground transmission cable.
According to the site, much of the Capital area receives power from radial transmission lines that terminate in the area that they serve, with those lines providing redundancy within the Capital area when they carried electricity to customers from local power generation; however, those generation plants have since been retired.
Among other things, the site also noted that by increasing substation and transmission capacity, the project would increase the grid’s capacity to accommodate more customer-generated power, including rooftop solar.