For Immediate Release
Program to enhance electric service for more than 150,000 customers
PHILADELPHIA (January 11, 2018) – PECO will inspect more than 39,000 utility poles throughout Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery counties this year as part of the company's commitment to deliver safe and reliable energy for customers. Part of nearly $3 million in preventive maintenance work, the inspections will continue through the fall of 2018.
Inspections include a visual examination of poles and the electrical equipment attached, taking samples from the interior of poles and excavating around the base to check for decay. Any necessary repairs and replacements would then be performed. PECO maintains nearly 400,000 poles across the region and each pole is inspected every 10 years in accordance with the National Electric Safety Code, benefitting the company's more than 1.6 million electric customers.
"We work throughout the year to ensure that our system and equipment can continue to deliver safe and reliable service for our customers," said Brian Crowe, vice president of Transmission and Substations. "Preventive maintenance programs such as this help reduce the frequency and duration of outages, and improve the performance of our entire system, keeping our customers and crews safe."
Poles in the following communities, townships, and boroughs will be inspected this year:
Each year, PECO invests more than $500 million to enhance the company's electric system. This program is part of the company's overall preventive maintenance program which also includes regular inspection of equipment, including manholes, aerial wires and underground cables, transformers and substations.
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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