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PPL Electric Utilities is prepared for what Mother Nature dishes out in 2021

by PrittlePrattleNews

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), for the second consecutive year, has predicted an above-average hurricane season in the Atlantic. And with hurricane season beginning on Tuesday, June 1, PPL Electric Utilities is ready and well prepared to take on anything Mother Nature may throw at us.

The NOAA on May 20 announced that a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms — those that have wind speeds of 39 mph or higher — is expected in 2021. Those prediction numbers also include the expected possibility of three to five major hurricanes.

Each year, PPL Electric Utilities’ 1.4 million customers can typically expect to be affected in some way by hurricanes, or more commonly their remnants, between June 1 and Nov. 30. Severe weather can bring trees down on poles and wires and sometimes cause power outages. When that happens, the company is prepared to work safely and as quickly as possible, around the clock, to get the lights back on.

While outages do occur, the company continues to make investments to bolster the reliability of the power it delivers. This has helped reduce the number of outages customers experience, and in many cases, has allowed them to stop outages before they even occur. In fact, with state-of-the-art automated sensors and switches, plus an advanced software system, PPL has avoided more than one million customer outages since 2015.

PPL also has invested in smart grid devices that reduce the size of the area affected by an outage by instantly rerouting power around trouble spots. Additional improvements made are new power lines and substations, stronger and more storm-resistant poles, and an improved vegetation-management program that has led to a 30% decrease in customer outages since 2011.

Getting customers the electricity they need, when they need it, is a top priority for PPL. This is why the utility has a strong commitment to keeping innovating and making its grid safer, stronger, smarter, and more reliable. For more information on what the company is doing to keep the grid reliable, visit pplelectric.com/reliability.

PPL Electric Utilities provides electric delivery service to more than 1.4 million homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and ranks among the best utility companies in the country for customer service and reliability. PPL Electric Utilities is a major employer in the communities it serves. It is a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL).

About the company
Pennsylvania Power & Light Company was formed in 1920 by the amalgamation of eight minor Pennsylvania companies. It progressively expanded its service zone to a crescent-shaped region of central and northeastern Pennsylvania running from Lancaster through the Lehigh Valley and on to Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. It reformed in 1995 as PP&L Resources, which changed its name to the present PPL Corporation in 2000.
The company’s operations were restricted to Pennsylvania until the 1990s, when deregulation of electrical utilities prompted PPL to acquire properties in other states. PPL’s 1998 acquisition of 13 plants from Montana Power was the greatest of these transactions, leaving NorthWestern Energy – the acquirer of the old Montana Power transmission and distribution networks – susceptible to high “spot” pricing on the energy market. This was the greatest expansion in PPL’s history, adding over 2,500 MW of capacity. NorthWestern purchased those hydroelectric facilities in 2014.
The company began a formal procedure to sell WPD in 2020 in order to position PPL as a wholly U.S.-focused energy firm and increase shareowner value. This led in an announcement on March 18, 2021, of agreements to sell WPD to National Grid plc for £7.8 billion and to buy National Grid’s Rhode Island electric and gas company, Narragansett Electric Company, for $3.8 billion. WPD’s transaction was finalised on June 14, 2021.
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