For Immediate Release
PHILADELPHIA (January 8, 2014) – Yesterday’s frigid arctic temperatures caused PECO customer demand for electricity and natural gas to soar to record-breaking levels. Specifically, customer demand for electricity reached 7,148 megawatts (MW), shattering PECO’s previous all-time winter energy use peak of 6,852 MW set on February 5, 2007. Customer demand for natural gas totaled 759,550 thousand cubic feet (mcf), surpassing the previous all-time winter daily total of 718,362 mcf set on January 17, 2000.
“Our customers depend on us to provide reliable power when they need it the most, especially during harsh temperatures, and our system continues to perform well,” said Craig Adams, PECO president and CEO. Adams said the company’s ongoing focus on maintenance and system enhancement projects throughout the year helped ensure customers were well served during record-setting conditions.
PECO urges customers to stay safe during dangerous weather conditions. Customers experiencing any electric or natural gas issues should call the company immediately at
1-800-841-4141. To reduce the impact of extreme temperatures can have on monthly energy costs, PECO also reminds customers to use energy as efficiently as possible. Specifically,
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 497,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 76.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2012. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.
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