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PECO Electric Upgrade Project in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

About the Project in Swarthmore

PECO is investing $12 million in and around the Swarthmore area as part of our proactive efforts to enhance the local electric distribution system for you and your neighbors.

The project will strengthen electric infrastructure to better withstand more frequent and damaging storms in our region, deliver enhanced reliability for our customers by reducing the frequency of outages and the duration of those that cannot be prevented, and support the adoption of clean energy resources, like solar power and electric vehicles.

What We're Doing

We will replace all wires, cables, poles, devices, and transformers on the circuits associated with the Morton Substation, which will be retired following this work. In addition, new aerial devices called reclosers will be installed. When a problem occurs, like a fallen tree limb or a lightning strike, the recloser stops the flow of electricity on the line and automatically restores electricity where possible.

Poles will be replaced to meet current industry standards – they will be taller than current poles. Trees and vegetation will be cleared to safe distances from PECO's equipment. Clearance distances are based on tree species and types of electrical equipment and are aligned with industry standards for maintaining safe and reliable electrical service. We are also adding 1 new pole, but the existing route of poles and wire will not change.

This project requires vegetation work in Swarthmore, including the removal and trimming of trees on both public and private property. We currently have identified 124 trees for removal to promote electric reliability and safety by ensuring proper clearance and minimizing vegetation that could potentially cause a power outage. However, there are conditions we cannot predict and there may be other trees that will need to be removed.

All work will be performed by PECO crews and qualified PECO contractors, and we will notify customers if tree work must occur on their property. PECO works with certified arborists and professional foresters and adheres to national ANSI A300 standards when managing tree trimming and removal.

PHS Partnership

Upon completion of the tree removal work, PECO will partner with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) to provide the trees to the Swarthmore community at no cost. A yard tree giveaway to residents will offer containerized trees approximately 3 feet tall. Yard trees will need to be planted by the owner of the property. PECO will work with the borough, residents, and volunteers to determine a location for the street trees and to plant them.


Following our Open House sessions in early December, we are currently working with individual residents to notify them of work on their property. Vegetation work is planned to start by the end of the first quarter and construction will follow. PECO will host an in-person town hall for the Swarthmore community on Thursday, January 26, from 6-8 p.m. at Swarthmore-Rutledge School. The purpose of the event is to discuss PECO's upcoming electric upgrade project in the area. Questions will be taken during the event. Registration is not required. Space is limited. 

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about the project in Swarthmore, please contact Mike Herman at


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