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PECO REMINDS CUSTOMERS OF NEED TO READ ELECTRIC AND GAS METERS

 PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- If Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE) (PECO) has not been able to read your meter recently, the company is urging you to call the number on your bill and make an appointment to have your electric and gas meter read to avoid facing a possible shutoff of service.
 The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) requires electric and gas meters to be read at least once every six months, and requires an on-site reading by a PECO representative at least once per year.
 The six-month reading may be done by a company meter reader, or residential customers can take their own reading then call the company to report it.
 The PUC does, however, require an actual on-site reading of every residential customer's meter by a PECO representative at least once every 12 months. Yet over 13,000 PECO residential customers have not had their electric meters read in over four months.
 Residents who pay estimated bills are included among this group, according to Malcolm T. Riley, PECO general manager, Philadelphia South Division.
 "Even customers who have paid their bill in full may have their electric or gas service shut off according to PUC regulations if their meter has not been
read by a PECO representative in a 12-month period," said Riley. "In addition, we want our customers to be billed accurately so customers need to make an appointment to have their meter read."
 The greatest incidence rate of "no reads" is in the company's Philadelphia South Division where 66 percent of the electric meters are located inside customers' homes, said Riley. Of the division's 248,000 residential electric customers, 5,000 have not had their meters read within the past four months. Philadelphia South includes all areas of the city south of Girard Avenue, including Wynnefield, Overbrook and West Philadelphia.
 While PECO attempts to read all meters monthly, about 4,000 customers in PECO's Philadelphia North Division have not had their meters read in over four months as well.
 "We urge customers to call and set up an appointment," said Riley. "We are awareof the time constraints of many double-income families and single-parent families. We want to work with our customers to make whatever arrangements are necessary to read their meters and plan for future access. PECO customers who want to make appointments in the early evening or on Saturdays can call the number on their electric bill to make arrangements."
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