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PECO BEGINS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT FOR NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA

 PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE) (PE) announced today it is beginning a $100,000 improvement project for Northeast Philadelphia.
 Gary Miller, general manager, Philadelphia North Division, said the project will upgrade underground cables on two distribution circuits. Those circuits provide electricity to 3,000 customers who live between Byberry Road and Red Lion Road between Bustleton Avenue and the Philadelphia county line.
 Some emergency repairs began earlier this month, however, the majority of the project will begin in March and should be completed by Dec. 1. More than 2,000 feet of underground cable will be replaced during the improvement project.
 Once the improvements have been made, customers who live in the area will receive more reliable electric service. According to Miller, "We identified an area that required new underground cables. We want to provide quality service to our customers and this project is a clear example of how we're responding to their needs."
 William Gallagher, project engineer, added that in some cases the underground cables are more than thirty years old and the corrosive elements in the ground are deteriorating the cables. "During construction, he noted, we'll be using new methods of detecting corrosion and installing cable with a protective layer."
 Gallagher says this project is one of several in North Division designed to improve the quality of service. There will be some inconveniences, but following the project, electric interruptions are expected to be less frequent and shorter in length. Those customers who will be directly affected by construction have been contacted by the Company. Customers with questions may call a special information line at 215-697-8753.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Jones, 215-841-4129, or Susan Buehler, 215-841-4198, both of Philadelphia Electric/
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