Tallying roughly 200 projects with fewer outages and quicker rebounds — even in the wake of a severe summertime storm — PECO (Philadelphia Electric Company) recorded a superior third quarter of service dependability in 2015.
From June 30 through Sept. 30, customers endured fewer power outages and faster service restoration compared to the same time period in 2014.
“Every day, we work hard to provide safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy services to our customers,” John McDonald, PECO’s vice president of technical services, said. “These projects are critical to maintaining our electric system to deliver the level of service our customers expect.”
Included in the utility company’s equipment improvements this year were 33 new aerial reclosers — devices that act to cut and automatically restore power in the event of an incident such as a fallen tree limb or lightning strike.
PECO uses tree-resistant lines to avoid outages triggered by plants and has invested $36 million on preventative landscaping for approximately 2,800 linear miles of aerial power lines in 2015.
At present, over 1,600 reclosers have been installed on PECO’s system, with the devices preventing over 465,000 sustained power interruptions for PECO customers through the end of 2015’s third quarter.
PECO invests more than $500 million annually to support the electrical infrastructure, including preventive maintenance and upgrading equipment.
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