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PECO AND EPRI SHARE AWARD FOR TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES AT EDDYSTONE

 PECO AND EPRI SHARE AWARD FOR TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES AT EDDYSTONE
 The Instrument Society of America (ISA) will give its first technology medal next week to Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE) (PECO) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for their joint Monitoring and Diagnostic Center (M&D).
 In a ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Eddystone Generating Station, in Delaware County, both companies will be honored for their contributions to innovative technologies in the electric industry for the past six years.
 The ISA Power Industry Division Technology Medal recognizes facilities that have demonstrated new advances in the production of electric power. The EPRI M&D Center, located at Eddystone has increased the efficiency and reliability of generating facilities.
 In 1986, EPRI made an agreement with Philadelphia Electric Company to establish the center to help utilities detect early warnings of potential mechanical or electrical equipment problems. By continuously monitoring plant equipment, utilities can detect problems before they affect how a plant operates.
 There are 40 systems at the M&D Center which are used by Eddystone Station to identify maintenance needs before a problem exists. PECO's project manager William Leonard said, "The M&D center started out as a research project but it has successfully transferred many technological advances to the utility industry." So far this year, 1,000 people from 75 utilities have toured the center and now understand the role of predictive maintenance, Leonard said.
 PECO's President and Chief Operating Officer Corbin A. McNeill Jr. pointed to another advantage saying, "One of the biggest benefits of the diagnostic center is that it can tell us our equipment is operating properly and doesn't need maintenance at this time. This can save millions of dollars a year in unnecessary maintenance." McNeill said, utilities that can control costs and provide reliable service will survive economically.
 The award ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Monitoring and Diagnostic Center located at 3 Industrial Highway, Eddystone, Pa.
 CONTACT: Susan Buehler of Philadelphia Electric, 215-841-4189.
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