For Immediate Release
PHILADELPHIA (July 10, 2019) – PECO joins energy companies across the country today in celebration of the men and women who work tirelessly to provide customers with the safe, reliable energy service they depend on to power their lives.
Each year on July 10, National Lineworker Appreciation Day salutes those responsible for maintaining and enhancing the local energy grid—overhead, underground, at substations, and everywhere else the grid extends. These employees brave harsh seasonal conditions as a routine part of their job and respond at any hour when emerging issues on complex energized equipment require their expert technical skills.
"Our lineworkers are a critical component of our workforce and are the most visible representation of our commitment to the communities we serve," said John McDonald, PECO senior vice president and COO. "The work our employees do is critical to maintaining the essential service to support our everyday lives and I'm honored to recognize our lineworkers for their unwavering commitment to safely delivering for our customers day-in and day-out, no matter the conditions they face."
PECO lineworkers are responsible for maintaining more than 55,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines across southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to responding to emergent issues, crews are involved in completing projects to modernize the local energy grid and strengthen the system against severe weather. This includes using drones to enable more efficient equipment inspections, installing advanced equipment that can automatically restore service or isolate damage, and installing reinforced tree-resistant aerial electric lines.
Nearly 75,000 lineworkers are employed by U.S. energy companies, which celebrate National Lineworker Appreciation Day together with PECO, including the Edison Electric Institute, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and energy companies across the nation, including Exelon sister companies Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, and Pepco.
Similarly, in March, PECO joined with the American Gas Association, its peer Exelon natural gas companies BGE and Delmarva Power, and natural gas companies across the nation in marking Natural Gas Utility Workers' Day.
Join utilities nationwide in saying thank you by using the hashtag #ThankALineworker on social media. Connect with PECO on Facebook and Twitter and view photos of PECO field employees at flickr.com/pecoconnect.
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 523,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. The company's 2,700 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. In 2018, PECO was named to Forbes Magazine's list of Best Employers for Women. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.8 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 9,000 local jobs and producing $775 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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