PECO invests more than $60 million in new Philadelphia substation

Philadelphia, January 18, 2012 — PECO has invested more than $60 million in the newly-constructed Peltz substation to improve electric service reliability and meet the growing energy needs of customers in portions of Center City and University City in Philadelphia.

Construction of the new substation began in December 2009. Its completion also allows for the retirement of the Schuylkill substation, which has been in operation since 1906.

The Peltz substation takes higher voltage electricity, 230-kV, from PECO‘s electric transmission system and converts it to lower voltage electricity, 13 kV, for distribution to the nearby area.

The substation provides power to thirty-two circuits through three new transformers to help accommodate increasing customer electric needs. In addition to the new transformers and existing circuits, work on the substation included the installation of 100,000 feet of underground cable, 60 manholes and 25 pieces of new underground equipment designed to minimize the number of customers affected if an outage occurs.

Peltz substation is the fifth new electric substation built in recent years to modernize the electric infrastructure and meet increasing customer demand in certain areas of Philadelphia. PECO completed the construction of Tunnel substation adjacent to University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital in 2009.

The company built the Tuna substation along North Delaware Avenue in 2005, completed the Waverly substation in Center City in the 2007, and completed the Southwark substation, feeding the former Navy Yard, in April of 2008. These projects alone represent a $180 million investment in Philadelphia’s electric distribution system.

In addition to electric service enhancement projects such as the Peltz substation, PECO will complete more than 60 projects through the spring designed to ensure reliable service and accommodate the increased customer demand placed on the electric system during the summer months.

PECO serves about 695,000 customers in Philadelphia County.


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