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, N.J. is connected to the high-voltage grid through Atlantic City Electric, which was integrated into PJM’s operations in 1981.
- Permanent Population of Ocean City, N.J.: 11,470*
- Total Atlantic City Electric customers: 547,000**
- Total amount of megawatt-hours used: 5,119,597***
- Ocean City’s beach has eight miles of sand and its boardwalk stretches 2.5 miles.
- In the 1700s, Ocean City was called Peck’s Beach. Although nobody lived on the island year-round then, people used the island to picnic, fish, hunt and graze cattle.
- Ocean City is known for remaining a dry town – alcohol is neither sold nor consumed publicly within its borders.
- The first bridge to the island was built in 1883. Prior to that, visitors had to travel by ferry.
- Much of historic Ocean City was destroyed by a fire in 1927. Its boardwalk had to be rebuilt and was completed by 1929.