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POWERING THE POPE! PECO Welcomes Pope Francis and World Meeting of Families with Dazzling Crown Lights Show

Months of advance planning and hundreds of dedicated employees keep lights on and gas flowing for customers



  A special five-minute PECO Crown Lights show featuring exciting video and animation of iconic images from across the region.
More than 150 employees working around-the-clock on 12-hour shifts, pre-staged throughout The Francis Festival, at local county emergency centers, at the company’s Emergency Operations Center, and at PECO’s regional service buildings and headquarters.


Crown Lights Show: 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 22 through midnight Sunday, September 27

Camera Opportunity: At the top of each hour, from 5 p.m. – 9 a.m.

PECO Operations: Evening of Friday, September 25 – Monday, September 28


2301 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

BACKGROUND: PECO is proud to be part of the team of critical services and play an integral role as Philadelphia hosts the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States. In celebration, the company will mark the occasion with a once-in-a-lifetime, custom show on the Company’s famed Crown Lights message system. Running each hour from 5 p.m. – 9 a.m. the show will feature a dazzling display of the sites and images that make our region unique. PECO has been displaying messages atop its 23rd and Market Street headquarters since July 4, 1976. Since that time, the company has saluted local community and non-profit organizations with more than 17,500 messages. The new, energy efficient system, unveiled on July 4, 2009, contains more than 2 million, new, energy-efficient LED lights with color capability.

Also, during the past several months PECO has worked with the City of Philadelphia, the World Meeting of Families, local and federal agencies, and others to ensure a safe and successful event for residents and visitors alike. The company has inspected hundreds of manholes and individual pieces of equipment and completed any preventative maintenance work to ensure safe and reliable electric and natural gas service. In addition, more than 150 PECO employees will leave their family and friends to work throughout the weekend, stopping only for meals and required rest at local company facilities. Specifically:

  • Crews and other resources will be pre-staged throughout the area, in four key zones, to quickly respond if needed.
  • Specialized employees will staff local emergency centers in Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, as well as the Multi-Agency Communications Center (MACC).
  • A team of employees will operate a special Papal Visit Command Center at the Company’s Market Street Headquarters.
  • The Company also will activate its Emergency Response Organization beginning Friday, September 25 through Monday, September 28.

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.

Cathy Engel Menendez

Source: Business Wire (September 22, 2015 - 11:02 AM EDT)

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