For Immediate Release
PHILADELPHIA (December 19, 2016) – PECO recently completed construction of a new $32 million electric distribution substation to support increased demand and future growth in Marcus Hook, Delaware County.
The project, which began in August 2015, incorporated the latest innovations in smart substation technology to provide customers with enhanced electric service reliability. This includes the installation of fiber-optic current transformers and diagnostic systems that process real-time analysis of transformers, circuit breakers and battery systems. In addition, thermal imaging is used to identify potential issues before they occur by recording temperature variations within a piece of equipment while in operation.
"This project is another significant investment designed to enhance our electric system to meet the needs of our customers," said Dave Weaver, vice president of Technical Services. "In addition, we will be able to leverage new, innovative solutions and advanced analytics to anticipate maintenance issues to avoid customer outages."
Electric distribution substations convert high voltage electricity from transmission lines into lower voltages for delivery to homes and businesses. Each year, the company invests more than $500 million to enhance its system infrastructure through preventive maintenance and equipment upgrades to ensure safe and reliable service for customers.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). The company's 2,500 dedicated employees provide advanced, innovative energy solutions to 1.6 million electric and more than 511,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2015 PECO delivered 86.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 38 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.3 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 8,700 local jobs and producing $732 million in labor income. 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. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
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