Preparedness, type of snow help keep lights on across D.C. area
There were relatively few power outages across the Washington metropolitan area during the storm, despite concerns about widespread outages.
"We've been preparing for this for quite some time," Pepco spokesman Bob Hainey told WTOP. "Since 2010, we've trimmed more than 9,000 miles of trees and replaced hundreds of miles of underground cable."
The effort cost the utility millions of dollars, but Hainey said it tries to improve the reliability on a day-to-day basis so when you have a storm the size of this past blizzard, it helps with the recovery effort.
But the power company was also a bit lucky.
"We had expected much heavier snow," Hainey explained. "We got lighter, drier snow. But when the heavier snows did hit, we were spot on."
Hainey cautions that every storm is different and they will take what they have learned from this storm and apply it to any disturbance in the future.