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Penelec 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.

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