The outage affects an area centered around the H Street corridor, roughly bounded by C Street, 8th Street and Florida Avenue NE, as well as the train tracks north of Union Station. The electricity went out about 5 a.m.
The power is expected to return by 10 a.m.
Image via Pepco
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Navy Yard Brewery Honors Capitals Player With New Beer — Bluejacket brewery in Navy Yard released The Chimmer beer, an IPA honoring Washington Capitals player Jason Chimera. [Eater]
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(Updated at 12:30 p.m.) A “small fire” broke out in the control room of a Pepco substation in Southwest this morning, a Pepco spokesman said.
The D.C. Fire and EMS Department received a report of a fire at the power company’s facility at Half and T streets SW about 9 a.m., according to the agency said. The substation sits on land that is slated to become part of the future D.C. United stadium at Buzzard Point.
No injuries from the fire have been reported. Electricity service also wasn’t affected, Pepco spokesman Marcus Beal said.
The fire was caused by electrical equipment that overheated, Deputy Fire Chief John Donnelly said. Some of Pepco’s equipment was damaged from the fire and smoke, he added.
By about 10:45 a.m., the fire was extinguished, according to D.C. Fire and EMS. But firefighters still were working to contain the smoke.
“It’s a big enclosed building with a lot of electrical equipment so it could be dangerous,” Donnelly said. “We need to be careful as we proceed.”
Photo via Twitter/DC Fire and EMS
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New Pepco Substation to Serve Southwest — Pepco will build a new substation in Buzzard Point in an effort to address increased electrical usage in Southwest. [The Southwester]
Capitol Hill Bicycle Lanes Get New Paint Job — Bicycle lanes on 4th and 6th streets NE received a fresh coat of bright green paint over the weekend. [The Hill Is Home]
D.C. Officials to Meet With Rosedale Residents About Recent Crime — Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6, a Metropolitan Police Department commander and other D.C. officials are scheduled to visit Rosedale tonight for a discussion on public safety in and around the area. [Hill Now]
Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6 is urging Mayor Muriel Bowser to fight the proposed $6.4 billion sale of Pepco to a Chicago-based energy company.
Allen and other D.C. leaders told the mayor today that Exelon’s planned acquisition of Pepco could increase locals’ electricity bills and thwart the District’s clean energy plan. He was joined at a news conference in front of the Wilson Building by Councilwoman Mary Cheh of Ward 3 and ANC commissioners.
Last month, Allen and other D.C. officials sent a letter with similar concerns to the D.C. Public Service Commission. The PSC must approve the merger in order for Pepco to complete its sale to Exelon.
“My constituents have spoken up loud and clear against this merger — it’s a bad deal for D.C.,” Allen said in a statement.
Michael Czin, a spokesman for Bowser, said the mayor’s lawyers still are examining the planned acquisition.
“As the last jurisdiction to review the merger, the Bowser administration is committed to negotiating a resolution that best serves the interests of District residents and rate payers,” Czin said in a statement.
Myra Oppel, a Pepco spokeswoman, said her company’s deal with Exelon would bring savings to customers, among other benefits to the District.
“A number of parties made constructive proposals, and in response, we substantially enhanced our proposed package to deliver even more value to the District and its citizens,” Oppel said in a statement. “Unfortunately, a few parties have taken a ‘just say no’ position on the merger which, in our view, ignores the immediate and long-term benefits to customers and to the District that will not be available if the merger does not go forward.”
The PSC is accepting comments from the public on the proposed acquisition until May 27. The commission is expected to reach a decision on the planned merger this summer.
Photo via Flickr/Public Citizen
The outage began about 5 a.m. and affected an area bordered roughly by 10th Street SE, G Street SE and the Anacostia River.
Tyler Elementary School at 1001 G St. SE lost power, but was able to open on time at 8:35 a.m. once service was restored, a school representative said.
Service was restored to most customers before 8:45 a.m., according to Pepco. Fewer than 10 customers were still without electricity at that time.
Image via Pepco
Pepco replaced equipment near Pennsylvania and Potomac avenues SE overnight today, the company told Hill Now.
“Crews replaced approximately 150 feet of primary cable, replaced and increased the capacity of transformers in order to accommodate a new structure on the 1400 block of Pennsylvania Ave., SE, and re-routed a feeder off a property near 16th and Pennsylvania Ave., SE,” Pepco said in a statement.
During the work, about 500 customers were without power from 11:30 p.m. Tuesday through about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Pepco said. The company placed door hangers on March 18 and 19 on homes they expected to be affected. One local reported not having been notified of the outage.
Hill East was hit by power outages early this month, including on March 2, when more than 500 customers were left in the dark for more than 20 hours. The owner of the Pennsylvania Avenue bar Wisdom said the outages forced him to shut down two Sundays in a row. “It really sucks for business,” he said.
The 1400 block of Pennsylvania Ave. SE, where Pepco upgraded infrastructure, may be the future site of a retail strip with more than 150 apartments and possibly a restaurant or brewery, a developer said last month. The standalone New York Pizza restaurant is on that land now.
The power outage is centered around N. Capitol Street and K Street NE, north of Union Station, according to the Metropolitan Police Department Twitter account.
Power is expected to be restored to the affected Pepco customers around 5:00 p.m.