For Immediate Release
PHILADELPHIA (March 11, 2018) – PECO has restored electric service to all customers affected by Winter Storms Riley and Quinn. Beginning on March 2, approximately 750,000 PECO customers were affected by the two destructive nor’easters, which inflicted heavy damage from the Mid-Atlantic to New England. Strengthening significantly beyond forecasts, Winter Storm Riley delivered high sustained winds and gusts through the 50 mph range for more than 48 hours.
The vast majority of PECO customers impacted by Riley were restored by Tuesday night, and crews continued to work around-the-clock shifts to restore service to all customers. Repairs to the massive and widespread damage to the electric system were further complicated by additional damage caused by Winter Storm Quinn on March 6, which brought heavy, wet snow to portions of PECO’s service territory.
“Throughout the duration of both storms, more than 2,600 PECO employees and local contractors were actively engaged in restoration efforts, in addition to approximately 2,800 line workers mobilized from other utilities from more than a dozen different states,” said Craig Adams, President and CEO at PECO. “We understand the frustration of our customers who experienced outages for multiple days. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked to safely repair the widespread damage and restore power to those impacted by the storm.”
Crews from PECO’s Exelon sister utility ComEd, located in Illinois; as well as utilities from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Delaware, Maryland, and the Carolinas have assisted in PECO’s restoration effort.
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