PECO Invests More Than $1 Million In Bucks County Substation Upgrades
Project improves electric service reliability for 30,000 customers
PECO has recently completed $1.3M in equipment upgrades at Emilie substation, located in Bristol Township. These upgrades will improve electric service reliability and meet the growing energy needs of approximately 30,000 customers in Bucks County. PECO installed new circuit breakers and digital equipment designed to isolate issues and limit the number of customers affected if an outage occurs on the electric distribution system.
The Emilie substation takes higher voltage electricity, 130-kilovolt (kV), from PECO's electric transmission system and converts it to lower voltage electricity for distribution to the nearby area. This project will help ensure that the substation and electric distribution system it supplies will continue to meet the growing energy needs of customers. New equipment that allows for preventative maintenance to be performed more safely and efficiently also was installed.
"By continuously monitoring our electric system's performance, we are able to identify key opportunities to improve service for our customers," said John McDonald, vice president of Technical Services. "The upgrading and modernization of our facilities and equipment are crucial to providing customers with safe and reliable service every day."
The Emilie substation equipment upgrade project is one of more than 50 projects designed to ensure continued electric service reliability and accommodate the increased demand placed on the electric system during the summer months.
PECO serves approximately 225,000 customers in Bucks County.