PECO Breaks Ground on New Gas Lines for 160 Homes in Philly Suburb

pecoIn November 2014, MDN told you about an innovative plan by PECO–formerly known as the Philadelphia Electric Company, is the largest combined electric/natural gas utility company in PA serving some 500,000+ natural gas customers in southeastern PA–to allow customers to sign up for its natural gas service and spread the cost over 20 years (see PA Utility’s Innovate Plan to Deliver Marcellus Gas to Customers). It costs a lot of money to install new gas mains through an area–$500,000 – $1,000,000 per mile–and PECO needs a lot of customers along a route to sign up to make it profitable. So they innovated a plan to make it possible. But the plan needed approval from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). PECO got approval in October 2015 (see PA Utility’s Plan to Deliver Marcellus Gas Approved by PUC). Now, some two years after they first floated the plan, PECO is breaking ground to build pipelines that will service 160 new customers in the suburbs of Philly…

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