For Immediate Release
PHILADELPHIA (March 24, 2017) – As part of PECO’s ongoing effort to provide customers with safe and reliable natural gas service, the company is investing more than $8.7 million this year to enhance the local natural gas distribution system in Upper Darby Township in Delaware County.
This work, which began in January and will continue through December 2017, is part of a multi-year plan to modernize PECO’s natural gas system. The project includes replacing existing natural gas main and bare steel natural gas service lines with new plastic pipe, which enhances safety, is more durable and improves service reliability.
Work will occur in phases throughout the year on the following roads:
Work will be coordinated with any planned township or other utility projects to minimize the impact on area traffic and our customers.
“We continuously review our natural gas distribution system to identify opportunities to further improve service and enhance safety,” said Ron Bradley, vice president of Gas Operations. “This work ensures we can continue to provide safe and reliable natural gas service to our customers.”
These projects are part of more than $150 million in capital investments PECO is making to its natural gas system this year. This includes inspecting equipment, completing necessary equipment repairs or replacements, performing preventive maintenance work, and installing additional natural gas main and service lines to bring natural gas service to new customers.
The company maintains a rigorous maintenance and inspection program to ensure safe and reliable service for more than 516,000 natural gas customers. PECO operates and maintains more than 13,000 miles of natural gas distribution and service lines, and 30 miles of natural gas transmission lines in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Lancaster counties.
For customers not currently using natural gas, programs and incentives are available to help make choosing natural gas more affordable. And, customers continue to save money due to lower natural gas prices. PECO customers are currently paying among the lowest prices for natural gas in 15 years.
For more information about making the switch to natural gas, visit peco.com/gasconversion or call 1-866-685-5665.
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. 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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