Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. yesterday announced that electric service to the vast majority of remaining customers affected by this week’s snow storm should be restored by late Saturday with some scattered outages extending into Sunday. The utility has already restored electric service to nearly 160,000 customers – more than 75 percent of all affected customers. Wednesday’s heavy wet snow caused trees and large tree limbs to fall onto power lines and other electric delivery equipment, causing more outages than the back-to-back blizzards of 2010. BGE thanks its customers for their continued patience and understanding and reminds them to stay informed on restoration efforts via Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.

"More than 1,800 BGE, contract and out-of-state personnel, both in the field as well as our storm center, call center and other locations, are actively engaged in storm restoration activity, and are committed to restoring electric service to our customers as safely and quickly as possible

BGE's restoration priorities are public safety issues and critical facilities, such as 911 centers, hospitals and pumping stations. Then restoration is generally scheduled so that the greatest number of customers can be restored as quickly and as safely as possible. However, in cases of extended power outages, consideration is also given to customers who have been without service for the longest.

," said A. Christopher Burton, senior vice president of gas and electric operations and planning for BGE. "This number includes more than 700 out-of-state utility personnel from Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. Although crews have been working around-the-clock under challenging conditions, we are confident that most customers currently without power will be restored by Saturday evening. However, there may be some scattered outages extending into Sunday as many of the smaller outages are very time consuming and may only result in the restoration of a handful of customers at a time. We thank our customers for their continued patience and understanding."