PECO lauded for June 2015 storm response

PECO has received national recognition for its dedication to restoring electric service to more than 260,000 customers impacted by a severe summer storm in June 2015.

The company received the Emergency Recovery Award at the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) annual convention in Chicago on Tuesday, June 14.

“We invest each year in innovative projects and programs to help prevent those outages that can be prevented,” Craig Adams, PECO president and CEO said in a company press release. “When severe storms impact service to our customers our dedicated employees work around the clock to safely and quickly restore service. This award recognizes the unwavering commitment every PECO employee has to our customers.”

The June 23, 2015, storm produced severe lighting, straight-line winds, 70 mile-per-hour wind gusts and torrential rain, which created widespread damage across southeastern Pennsylvania. More than 260,000 customers were impacted by the storm, with more than 240,000 customers being restored less than 36 hours later. More than 2,500 PECO employees, local contractors, and crews from PECO’s sister utility BGE, in Baltimore, and other utilities in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and New York, assisted with making repairs.

“PECO’s terrific effort to restore service in the wake of this severe thunderstorm exemplifies our industry’s commitment to customer service,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “The PECO crews who braved five days of dangerous conditions to quickly and safely restore service to customers are greatly deserving of this honor.”

The Emergency Recovery Award is presented twice annually to U.S. and foreign-based companies to recognize emergency response efforts in restoring electric service that has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events. Following an international nomination process, a panel of industry judges selects the recipients. The award marks the fourth EEI Emergency Recovery Award PECO has received since 2010.

EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Its members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and directly employ more than 500,000 workers. EEI has 70 international electric companies as affiliate members, and 270 industry suppliers and related organizations as associate members.




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