City Spotlight – Ocean City, Maryland

Through the late spring and summer months, Inside Lines’ “City Spotlight” takes a trip to some popular beach towns in the PJM footprint.

Ocean City, Md., is connected to the high-voltage grid through Delmarva Power, which also serves customers throughout the Delmarva Peninsula and was integrated into PJM’s operations in 1981. It is an Exelon company.

Permanent population of Ocean City, Md.: 6,999*
Total Delmarva Power customers in Maryland: 203,000**
Total amount of megawatt-hours used: 2,270,407***

Fun facts:

  • Due to its isolation as a barrier island, Ocean City, Md., remained a small fishing village until 1875.
  • The Atlantic Hotel, the first luxury hotel in Ocean City, opened July 4, 1875, attracting  tourists to the barrier island.
  • In 1933, a severe storm opened a channel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sinepuxent Bay, forming the Ocean City Inlet. Engineers decided to make the inlet permanent after it was determined it would make for easy access to fishing in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The first boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., was constructed in 1900. Originally, the boards were removed during the winter and stored until the following spring.

Fun fact sources:,

*2016 U.S. Census Bureau population estimate
**Delmarva Power
***2016 Energy Information Administration data