September 14, 2016 |
Philadelphia Gas Works has notified 500,000 customers that it is open to competition. But it's the public-utility version of setting a table, inviting guests for a banquet, then offering them nothing to eat. Despite years of preparation and millions spent to remove obstacles to competition, no other gas suppliers have extended offers to PGW's residential customers. "Residential-market conditions are not ideal for competitive suppliers in PGW territory," said Bernie Tylor, a spokesman for WGL Energy Services, a District of Columbia supplier active in other parts of Pennsylvania.
August 19, 2016 |
Peco Energy Co. is distributing about $160,000 in grants to 20 local municipalities and nonprofits as part of its Peco Green Region program to fund open space and environmental initiatives. In partnership with Natural Lands Trust, Peco will provide grants for a range of projects to improve walking trail accessibility to purchasing open land for conservation. PECO has awarded more than $1.7 million to 230 projects since the program's inception in 2004. The recepients include: Bucks County: New Hope Borough ($10,000)
August 17, 2016
Amid a brutal heat wave, about 1,200 customers were without power in the city's Fishtown and Northern Liberties section Monday night, PECO reported. The outage hit about 7:30 p.m. as a result of equipment issues, said PECO spokeswoman Deb Yemenijian. "We are currently on site," she said. "We don't know the cause yet. " PECO expects to have power restored within a few hours, she said. - Robert Moran
August 12, 2016 |
Doug Oliver, the former spokesman for Mayor Nutter and Philadelphia Gas Works, has joined Peco Energy Co. as its director of communications. Oliver, 41, was senior vice president for communications at PGW before stepping down to run for mayor in 2015. After the Democratic primary, he returned to the city-owned utility as a senior leader for external affairs and marketing and corporate communications. Before working for PGW, Oliver served as the Nutter administration's press secretary as a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
August 7, 2016 |
The reliability of Pennsylvania's electric utilities "is trending in a positive direction, and we expect more improvement in 2016," an annual Public Utility Commission report says. Peco and PPL Electric Utilities, which serve much of the region, had the two best records for reliability among the state's seven large electric-distribution companies, according to the PUC report to be released Monday. The PUC's reliability measures include tallies of the average number of outages each customer suffers per year, and the average outage duration in minutes.
July 27, 2016 |
On what turned out to be a record-tying steam bath of a day, hundreds of Delaware County residents got an unwanted surprise Monday: They lost power as the result of a truck accident that took down four utility poles. And it was not the day to be without air-conditioning, as the heat index soared to 108 at Philadelphia International Airport, and the official high, 96, tied a record for a July 25, set in the blazing summer of 1999. The "excessive heat warning" for the region expired at 6 p.m. Monday as cooling thunderstorms, some severe, pounded parts of the region during the peak evening commute, with one-inch-diameter hail reported in Coatesville and wind damage in Jamison, Bucks County.
July 13, 2016 |
Peco has launched a new website, peco.com, providing its 1.6 million electric customers and 511,000 gas customers access from any online device - mobile, tablet and desktop. The new online design allows customers to report and check the status of outages, view their energy usage and manage their payments. The online upgrade also applies to other Exelon utilities, including Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric. In addition to the new website, the Philadelphia utility recently launched Peco Alerts, providing customers the means to receive text, email or phone messages regarding outages, billing, payment, usage and more.
June 29, 2016
Two workers suffered burns from an underground flash fire Monday afternoon at a PECO site in Center City, officials said. About 4:45 p.m. at 23rd and Market Streets, a PECO employee and a contractor were working underground when they were injured by a flash fire, officials said. Police described one worker as a 35-year-old man with second- and third-degree burns. He was taken to Temple University Hospital. The second male worker, whose age was not available, had superficial burns to his face.
June 25, 2016 |
Under pressure from environmental activists, Peco Energy Co. on Thursday convened a Solar Stakeholder Collaborative to explore ways to advance renewable power in the region. Craig Adams, Peco's chief executive, said the collaborative was modeled on processes the company used previously to develop conservation and wind-energy programs. "We're committed to providing that same leadership and dedication to advancing solar energy," Adams told about 80 energy experts and advocates at the daylong gathering at the Hub Commerce Square.
June 16, 2016 |
The Edison Electric Institute on Tuesday recognized Peco Energy Co. and seven other North American utilities for rapid recoveries from storm emergencies last year. Peco received an EEI Emergency Recovery Award for restoring electric service to more than 260,000 customers knocked out by a severe summer storm in June 2015. The company deployed more than 2,500 employees, local contractors and crews from five states to restore service to 92 percent of the customers in 36 hours. It was the fourth Emergency Recovery Award Peco has received since 2010.