PECO says goodbye to Sandy
Power interruptions for more than 850,000 PECO customers made Sandy the largest and worst storm in company history
Philadelphia, November 7, 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 nor'easter.
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 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 Corp. PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 494,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region.