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PECO ENERGY BUCKLES DOWN FOR COLD SPELL

 PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- With cleanup from the Ice Storm of '94 completed, PECO Energy Company now is buckling down for the upcoming extreme cold weather.
 Average daily temperatures are expected to be well below normal with highs not expected to surpass the freezing mark during the next four days. Forecasters are expecting temperatures as low as 2 degrees on Saturday and 10 degrees on Sunday. Wind chill factors will be at dangerous levels due to moderate winds (10-15 mph) combined with the bitter cold temperatures.
 PECO Energy is anticipating customer demand for electricity and natural gas to climb. PECO Energy said it will strive to maintain distribution pressure on natural gas mains to meet the anticipated increased demand. To preserve sufficient supplies of natural gas for residential customers, the company will curtail service to a limited number of large industrial customers who have fuel flexibility and benefit from an "interruptible" rate. In addition, PECO Energy will supplement natural gas from national suppliers with sendout from its propane and liquified natural gas storage facilities.
 In its electric operations, PECO Energy is checking substation equipment that is susceptible to extreme cold weather, preparing to use its combustion turbine generators for peak demand periods, and keeping available all generation equipment at the power plants. Any maintenance outages at the power plants will be postponed.
 PECO Energy urges customers who use supplemental heating sources, such as portable electric or kerosene space heaters, to be cautious. These heaters should be operated in areas where they are visible and placed away from furniture, drapes and combustible materials. Space heaters are most efficient when used to heat confined areas only. The company also suggests the heating thermostat setting be placed at a level that maximizes personal comfort and recognizes energy efficiency. Homeowners can prevent heat loss and cold air infiltration by sealing any drafts. Caulking, weatherstripping, and plastic seals are simple, effective actions for improve efficiency.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Wood of PECO Energy Company, 215-841-4125/
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