For Immediate Release
More than 77 projects are underway to enhance electric service reliability and system resiliency throughout the county
PHILADELPHIA (September 26, 2022) — PECO is executing a multi-million-dollar investment in Chester County to help prevent customer outages, modernize the electric grid, and reduce the impact of extreme weather on electric infrastructure through the remainder 2022.
During the next five years, PECO will invest approximately $6 billion across its electric and natural gas systems to inspect equipment, complete targeted infrastructure enhancements and corrective maintenance, invest in new equipment, and perform vegetation management work.
These efforts include 77 electric reliability projects across Chester County in 2022, some of which include:
To further enhance reliability and maintain power to customers, PECO actively installs specialized equipment, known as reclosers, that can automatically restore service or isolate damage. In 2021 alone, 269 new reclosers were installed, bringing the total to 3,250 system wide. During the past five years, these reclosers have avoided approximately 4.6 million power interruptions for customers.
"Our customers are the focus of everything we do, which is why we're prioritizing this strategic investment plan to ensure safe and reliable service to better withstand extreme weather and pave the way for clean energy resources," said Brian Crowe, PECO's Vice President of Technical Services. "Modernizing our energy infrastructure is critical to meeting the needs for thousands of residential and business customers across Chester County."
Enhancing energy infrastructure to make it more resilient in the face of intensifying weather patterns, while supporting more clean energy resources, is a key element of PECO's Path to Clean, which includes a goal for PECO and the collective Exelon utilities to reduce operations-driven emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
In addition to targeted reliability-focused infrastructure investments, PECO is committed to helping customers by providing a multitude of programs to manage their energy costs and save money. In Chester County specifically, PECO facilitated upwards of 8,300 enrollments across its suite of programs, totaling over $4.9 million in financial assistance in 2021. For more information about PECO's financial assistance programs, visit peco.com/help.
PECO, founded in 1881, is Pennsylvania's largest electric and natural gas utility. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PECO delivers energy to nearly 1.7 million electric customers and more than 545,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. The company's 2,800 employees are dedicated to the safe and reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas as well as enhanced energy management conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the largest fully regulated utility company in the nation with more than 10 million customers. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.