For Immediate Release
250 personnel to support Exelon sister utility, Atlantic City Electric with storm restoration
PHILADELPHIA (March 22, 2018) – PECO is deactivating its Emergency Response Organization after Winter Storm Toby left the PECO service territory. The storm brought heavy rain, snow and wind beginning Wednesday morning and continuing through early Thursday morning.
In preparation for potential storm impacts, PECO activated its Emergency Response Organization on Wednesday morning and mobilized all 2,600 PECO employees, including field and back office personnel. PECO's Exelon sister utility, ComEd in Illinois, also dispatched crews to assist in the mid-Atlantic region and additional contractor crews were secured through mutual assistance organizations.
Although the storm was a significant weather occurrence, the impact on PECO customers was limited with only scattered outages occurring across the PECO service territory. PECO invests more than $500 million each year to enhance its system infrastructure through preventive maintenance and equipment upgrades. And through PECO's System 2020 plan, the company is investing an additional $274 million to install advanced equipment and reinforce the local electric system, making it more weather resistant and less vulnerable to storm damage.
"These infrastructure investments are a critical part of PECO's storm response efforts," said Craig Adams, president and CEO. "It's been a rough patch of bad weather these past few weeks, so we're pleased that our customers did not experience significant outages as a result of this particular storm."
As of 11 a.m. today, PECO is returning to normal business operations.
As part of ongoing mutual assistance efforts, PECO expects to send 250 personnel to support Exelon sister utility, Atlantic City Electric, in their customer restoration efforts in New Jersey.
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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