PECO Says Final “Goodbye” to Sandy
Company ready for latest challenge from Mother Nature
PHILADELPHIA -- November 07, 2012
Following more than a week’s worth of around-the-clock restoration efforts to
restore the 850,000 customers who were without power following Hurricane
Sandy, crews are standing by ready to address any impacts from the approaching
“We want to thank our customers for their patience as we worked to clean up
the damage from this historic storm,” said PECO President and CEO Craig Adams.
“I’d also like to thank our tireless crews, contractors, customer service
representatives, and all other employees, who helped to safely restore power
to our customers. We also thank the many local and state officials who helped
us coordinate our restoration efforts throughout the storm. We’re ready for
today’s nor’easter, and ask our customers to be ready too.”
PECO reminds customers to stay safe during the storm. With the region just
recovering from Hurricane Sandy, customers may encounter tree damage and
downed power lines. Customers should always assume that downed lines and
equipment are energized and extremely dangerous. Always assume PECO’s
equipment is energized – even if there is an outage in your neighborhood.
Report these dangerous conditions to PECO immediately at 1-800-841-4141.
Working 12- to 16-hour shifts, more than 4,700 PECO employees, contractors and
utility workers (from as far away as Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Maryland, Florida and from PECO’s sister utilities—Chicago-based
ComEd and Baltimore-based BGE) worked tirelessly to repair the severe damage
caused by Sandy. More than 10 states along the East Coast suffered damage from
Sandy, resulting in power interruptions for more than 9.6 million customers in
the Northeast and locally to more than 850,000 PECO customers – making Sandy
the largest and worst storm in company history.
More than 1,000 contractors and utility workers from throughout the country
remain at the ready to support PECO employees and crews to help restore
service to any customers impacted by today’s nor’easter.
As part of the restoration effort for Hurricane Sandy, PECO and supporting
field forces completed more than 15,000 repair jobs, including about 5,000
jobs related to damaged trees. Crews also have replaced:
*140 miles of wire (as compared to 88 miles of wire during Hurricane Irene)
*16,482 fuses (as compared to 12,628 fuses during Hurricane Irene)
*2,538 cross arms(as compared to 2,093 cross arms during Hurricane Irene)
*681 poles (as compared to 311 poles during Hurricane Irene)
*342 transformers (as compared to 249 transformers during Hurricane Irene)
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary
of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and
494,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about
2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 82.1 billion cubic feet of natural
gas and 38.1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2011. 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.
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Karen Muldoon Geus, 215-841-5555
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