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 October 1, 2015 - 4:59 PM EDT
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PECO Makes Switching to Natural Gas More Affordable for Customers

New plan provides enhanced programs and incentives to help customers take advantage of low natural gas prices

The PAPUC today approved PECO’s plan to expand natural gas service to meet growing customer demand. The plan, filed in November 2014, includes:

  • A change in how the customer credit is determined to reduce the upfront cost of establishing natural gas service for customers. Customers will now receive a larger credit based on their natural gas usage. This expanded credit will be available to customers beginning October 5.
  • A pilot program to reduce the cost of extending natural gas mains to neighborhoods where natural gas is not currently available. The pilot will begin in early 2016. Customers can learn more about the program at

“We continue to find new and innovative ways to provide safe and reliable energy solutions to our customers. Expanding natural gas service is part of those efforts,” said Craig Adams, PECO president and CEO. “With natural gas prices at their lowest point in years, this plan will help to meet the increased demand for natural gas service and provide cost-effective ways for more customers to take advantage of the many benefits of natural gas.”

Customers continue to save money due to lower natural gas prices. Today, average customers are paying about 50 percent less for natural gas than they did in 2008. Lower natural gas prices also have reduced the cost of electric generation – saving residential PECO natural gas and electric customers about $1,000 a year.

“Today’s action is another in a series of positive steps designed to afford Pennsylvania citizens every reasonable opportunity to avail themselves of the numerous benefits of natural gas,” said Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner Pamela Witmer. “I reiterate my enthusiastic support for these proposals, and I continue to challenge other natural gas distribution companies to consider ways in which they can bring this homegrown fuel source to more Pennsylvania consumers.”

In addition to these new programs, other natural gas energy efficiency and incentive programs include:

  • PECO Smart Natural Gas Conversion offers rebates up to $200 for residential and up to $1,000 for commercial customers that switch to natural gas from another fuel source. This rebate is in addition to other credits also provided by PECO.
  • PECO Smart Gas Efficiency Upgrade provides up to $300 in rebates for customers installing ENERGY STAR® qualified natural gas furnaces or boilers.

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and more than 506,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 89.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2014. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. For more information visit, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

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Source: Business Wire (October 1, 2015 - 4:59 PM EDT)

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