For Immediate Release
PHILADELPHIA (December 11, 2017) – With the holiday shopping season underway, PECO has been hard at work to ensure safe and reliable electric service to keep area businesses and malls bustling. The company has completed inspections of approximately 157 miles of aerial line and 18 circuits that provide electric service to regional shopping malls and shipping distribution centers.
PECO's program includes upgrading, replacing and repairing electrical equipment and completing maintenance work at key locations across the region. This work is part of PECO's annual $500 million investment to provide safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to customers and the communities we serve.
The inspections included visual examination of PECO's aerial electric system to identify potential issues like damaged equipment and sagging lines. Infrared cameras are used to identify potential issues before they occur by recording temperature variations within a piece of equipment while in operation.
PECO's annual circuit patrol program includes the inspection of 1,942 circuits and more than 13,000 miles of aerial line throughout the service territory.
In addition to electric system inspections, PECO also invests more than $150 million in the company's natural gas system. This work includes inspecting equipment, completing necessary equipment repairs or replacements, performing preventive maintenance work, and installing additional natural gas main and service lines to bring natural gas service to new customers.
PECO, founded in 1881, is Pennsylvania's largest electric and natural gas utility. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PECO delivers energy to more than 1.6 million electric customers and more than 516,000 natural gas customers in southeastern, Pennsylvania. The company's 2,500 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 was named 2017 Best Mid-size Employer in Philadelphia by Forbes Magazine. 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. PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's only Fortune 100 utility and leading competitive energy provider. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
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