Restores Service to 85 Percent of Customers Impacted Storm
November 28, 2013- Scott Surgeoner
ALTOONA– More than
170 workers from Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec), other FirstEnergy
(NYSE: FE) utilities, and electrical contractors continue to work to restore
service following a winter storm that brought freezing rain, ice, wind and snow
to Penelec’s 31-county Pennsylvania service area this week. As of noon today,
service has been restored to approximately 13,700 Penelec customers –
approximately 85 percent of the customers impacted by the storm.
Restoration work is focused
in the Lewistown area and Cambria County, with service expected to be restored
to the remaining 2,300 customers without power by midnight tonight. Crews will
remain in place throughout the holiday weekend to ensure timely restoration in
the event additional inclement weather disrupts electrical service in the area.
Crews made up of
supervisory personnel from Penelec and FirstEnergy’s Ohio Edison and Cleveland
Electric Illuminating (CEI) utilities in Ohio are performing restoration
activities. Local electrical contractors are also supporting the effort.
Penelec line workers represented by Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA)
Local 180 remain in a lockout after union members rejected the company’s Last,
Best, and Final Contract Offer (LBFO) on Sunday, November 24.