For Immediate Release
Part of a massive Exelon effort to aid in restoring power
PHILADELPHIA (January 29, 2018) – As Puerto Rico continues to repair its electric system following the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, PECO is sending crews and equipment to assist in the restoration of power. PECO joins with its Exelon sister utilities—Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power and Pepco—in repairing infrastructure destroyed during the hurricanes in September 2017.
Sixteen PECO lineworkers, and additional support personnel, are expected to depart for Puerto Rico in mid-February. In advance of their departure PECO vehicles and equipment are being shipped by barge to the island and are expected to arrive in Puerto Rico in early February.
"Electricity is a vital part of life and the residents of Puerto Rico have been without for so long," said PECO Senior Vice President and COO Mike Innocenzo. "We are so proud of our employees who are answering this call to help restore power to those in need."
PECO's support comes after Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and other power industry groups received a request from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) for mainland companies to provide assistance. Exelon is sending approximately 140 utility workers as part of the industry response, bringing to nearly 1,500, the number of restoration personnel from EEI member companies. With these additional crews, including the Exelon team, the total number of power restoration workers will increase to more than 5,500.
Crews from Exelon's electric utilities most recently provided restoration assistance to areas of Florida and Georgia that were also affected by Hurricane Irma in September. The company and its employees, along with the Exelon Foundation, also contributed more than $800,000 to disaster relief efforts, including aid to Puerto Rico.
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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