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Sandy Is Now in PECO's Rear-View Mirror

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 were standing by ready to address any impacts from the approaching nor'easter.

“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.”

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 ComEd and Baltimore Gas and Electric) 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.

As part of the Sandy restoration, 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 (225 km) of wire (as compared to 88 miles [142 km] of wire during Hurricane Irene); 16,482 fuses (as compared to 12,628 fuses during Irene); 2,538 crossarms (as compared to 2,093 crossarms during Irene); 681 poles (as compared to 311 poles during Irene); and 342 transformers (as compared to 249 transformers during Irene).

For more information, visit www.peco.com.

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