For Immediate Release
13,000 miles of aerial line and 1,932 circuits inspected
PHILADELPHIA (September 13, 2016) – PECO has recently inspected 1,932 circuits and more than 13,000 miles of aerial electric lines to keep the lights on for its customers across the region. This $400,000 investment includes visual inspection of PECO's aerial electric system to look for potential issues like damaged equipment and sagging lines. Infrared cameras are also used to identify potential issues before an outage occurs by recording equipment temperature variations during operation.
"We are constantly monitoring and inspecting our equipment to identify and address potential issues before they impact our customers," said Dave Weaver, vice president of Technical Services. "This work is part of the more than $500 million we invest each year to enhance our electric system and keep the lights on for our customers."
PECO's ongoing efforts to enhance the company's system has helped deliver record-breaking performance for its customers. In 2015, customers experienced the shortest average outage duration and second fewest number of outages in company history.
PECO's overall preventive maintenance program also includes regular inspection of manholes, underground cables, transformers, substations and natural gas pipelines.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). The company's 2,400 dedicated employees provide advanced, innovative energy solutions to 1.6 million electric and more than 511,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2015 PECO delivered 86.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 38 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.5 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 9,600 local jobs and producing $760 million in labor income. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
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